MIDDLETON — It's been 35 years since Harvey's Wallbangers propelled the Milwaukee Brewers to the American League pennant.
The names on the team are household for those who followed the magical 1982 season that ended with a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series: Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Cecil Cooper, Jim Ganter, Ben Oglivie, Pete Vuckovich.
In center field, Gorman Thomas, a hard-slugging, beer-drinking, fan favorite who hit 39 home runs -- at a time when 39 was a lot of home runs -- tied with Reggie Jackson for tops in the American League that season.
So it was a bit surreal to run into Thomas last weekend at Mustard Day in downtown Middleton.
Thomas was more than willing to talk baseball but was set up under a small tent across from the Mustard Museum hawking his own line of mustard-based sauce that he launched in 2015. Thomas is a native of Charleston, South Carolina, where barbecue sauce is yellow, not red, and his Stormin' Sauce follows suit to his roots. He came up with the recipe -- which includes yellow mustard, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, sea salt and molasses -- and produces the sauce in East Troy.
The recipe was originally created for pulled pork, but Thomas says it can be used on a variety of meats and on French fries, onion rings, vegetables, rice, baked beans, pizza and even on salad.
"It's good on everything," Thomas said.
The 19-ounce jars were being sold for $10 each and included an autograph. The product can also be purchased at local retailers like Woodman's Market and some Piggly Wiggly stores.