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Rollie Fingers

Roland Glen Fingers
Born: Aug. 25, 1946 in Steubenville, Ohio 
Debut: 1968 | Pos: P
Ht: 6’4″ | Wt: 190 | B: R | T: R

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Rollie Fingers bounced between the bullpen and the starting rotation in the early years of his career before Oakland decided to make him a reliever. The move proved to be a wise one.

Fingers was known as much for his trademark handlebar mustache as he was for his slider. 

He posted 341 career saves and led the league in the category 3 times. In his 17 year career, he had 10 seasons in which he is credited with 20 or more saves. In two seasons, 1977 and 1978, he broke the 30-save mark to lead the league with 35 and 37 (his career high) respectively.

In his early years in Oakland, he made 35 starts, but only posted 4 complete games. He posted 17 or more saves per season from 1971-1976, but he was splitting save opportunities with Darold Knowles.

In 1976, Oakland owner Charlie Finley tried to sell Fingers and OF Joe Rudi to the Red Sox for $1 million each. The deal was vetoed by the commissioner and Fingers signed with San Diego in 1977 as a free agent. After two seasons of 30+ saves, he started to have some arm problems. 

In 1980, he was traded to St. Louis as part of an 11-player deal. Five days later, he was sent to the Brewers in a 7-player trade.

One of his best seasons came in 1981 while he was pitching for the Brewers. He finished the season with a 6-3 record and an AL-leading 28 saves. He pitched 78 innings in 47 games and posted a 1.04 ERA. The accomplishments earned him the double honor of AL MVP and AL Cy Young winner.

Fingers career included the following teams: Oakland (1968-1976), San Diego (1977-1980), Milwaukee (1981-1982, 1984-1985). He missed the 1983 season with arm problems.

He appeared in 16 games in 3 World Series and recorded a 2-2 record and 6 saves in 33.1 innings pitched. His has a career 1.35 ERA in World Series games. 

Fingers was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1992.