Rollie Fingers Speaker Profile
Hall Of Fame Pitcher for the Oakland A's
Rollie Fingers Biography
Rollie Fingers was born August 25, 1946, in Steubenville, Ohio and is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Oakland Athletics (1968-76), San Diego Padres (1977-80) and Milwaukee Brewers (1981-85). In addition to his pitching ability, he was noted for his handlebar moustache which he originally grew to get a $300 bonus from Athletics owner Charles O. Finley.
Fingers is regarded as a pioneer of modern relief pitching, essentially defining the role of the closer for years to come. As had generally been true in baseball through the 1960s, Fingers was originally moved to the bullpen - and eventually to his role as a closer - due to struggles with starting. Before Fingers' time, a former starter's renewed success in the bullpen would have led back to a spot in the starting rotation; but since the successes of not only Fingers but also contemporaries such as Sparky Lyle and Goose Gossage, it has been widely accepted that an excellent pitcher might actually provide a greater benefit to his team as a closer than as a third or fourth starter.
Fingers won both the American League MVP and Cy Young Award in 1981 while with Milwaukee. In 1974 he was given the World Series MVP Award while with Oakland, earning two saves and one win. Fingers won the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award in 1977, 1978, and 1980 with the Padres and in 1981 with the Brewers. He saved 29 games for the 1982 Brewers, but he pitched most of the season in pain and was forced to miss the Brewers' first trip to the World Series - where they were beaten in seven games by the Cardinals - and any prospect of a showdown or two with Bruce Sutter, who proved vital to the Cardinals' winning effort.
In 1992 he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, joining Wilhelm to become only the second reliever inducted (Eckersley, Sutter, and Gossage have since followed). In 1999, he ranked Number 96 on The Sporting News list of Baseball's Greatest Players, and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team. Fingers later pitched a season in the short-lived Senior Professional Baseball League.
Fingers is one of only eight players who have had their numbers retired from more than one team.
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Posted on 24 March 2014 | 11:11 am
Hall of Famer Rollie Fingers will host "The Greatest Save," the prevention focused program on Monday, October 1 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, California, teaching kids and teens to recognize and avoid risks from predators instinctively. It is a division of the KinderVision Foundation which began in San Diego in 1991 as result of the abduction and murder of seven year old...[Read More]
Posted on 23 March 2014 | 3:54 pm
Hall of Fame relief pitcher Rollie Fingers is a national spokesperson for KinderVision, an organization that raises awareness and money toward preventing youth abduction and sexual exploitation, and the former Oakland A's star converted another save this week during the "Greatest Save Celebrity Experience." Profits from this week's Greatest Save experience will fund educational...[Read More]
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