Fingers, Rollie

Roland Glen Fingers
Born: August 25, 1946, Steubenville, Ohio
Played For: 
Oakland A's (1968-1976), San Diego Padres (1977-1980), Milwaukee Brewers (1981-1982, 1984-1985)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1992

Rollie Fingers' 17-year career epitomized the emergence of the modern-day relief ace. After watching him post inconsistent results as a starter, the A's moved Fingers to the bullpen. He excelled quickly and frequently in his new role. Relying on a sharp slider, Fingers went on to notch 341 career saves. Known for his handlebar mustache, Fingers became a familiar sight during the postseason, appearing in 16 World Series games. He won both the American League MVP and Cy Young Award with the Brewers in 1981.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Rollie Fingers won the 1974 World Series Most Valuable Player Award with one win and two saves for the world champion Oakland A's?
Before, he was a real power pitcher. Now, he's the type of pitcher who has command of all of his pitches. Another thing is the poise he has out there. He knows he's going to get them out. He gives me a lot of confidence when he's out there.
Milwaukee Brewers manager Rene Lachemann -1984