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Born: August 25, 1946 in Steubenville, Ohio
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Full name Roland Glen Fingers
Born August 25, 1946, Steubenville, Ohio
First Game: September 15, 1968; Final Game: September 17, 1985
Bat: Right Throw: Right Height: 6' 4" Weight: 190

Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1992
Named AL Most Valuable Player by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1981)
Named AL Cy Young Award Winner by Baseball Writers' Association of America (1981)
Named NL Fireman of the Year by The Sporting News (1977 to 1978 and 1980)
Named AL Fireman of the Year by The Sporting News (1981)
Named NL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year (1977 to 1978 and 1980)
Named AL Rolaids Relief Man of the Year (1981)
Named World Series Most Valuable Player (1974)

This article was written by Dale Voiss and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research

Rollie Fingers was clearly excited as he caught a leaping Ted Simmons, his catcher, after Fingers struck out Detroits Lou Whitaker to nail down the victory and the second-half American League East title for his Milwaukee Brewers in 1981. (The unprecedented split season was devised after the players’ two-month strike was settled.) The Brewers were in the postseason for the first time in their 13-year history. They lost in the first round to the first-half champion New York Yankees, three games to two, but Fingers, whose 28 saves that season preserved 45 percent of the Brewers’ 64 victories, won not just the Cy Young Award but the American League Most Valuable Player award as well. Only three pitchers (Sandy Koufax, Bob Gibson, and Vida Blue) had done that before Fingers, and only three (Willie Hernandez, Roger Clemens, and Dennis Eckersley) have done it after him, as of 2011.

Roland Glen Fingers developed his mustache, perhaps the most colorful in major-league baseball, on his own. But he credited his father with teaching him how to pitch. Roland was born on August 25, 1946, in Steubenville, Ohio, to George and Pearl (Stafford) Fingers. By that time his father was a steelworker, but he had pitched in the St. Louis Cardinals farm system for four years and had been a roommate of future Hall of Famer Stan Musial.

One day, after returning home from a tough day in the steel mill, George Fingers said, “That’s it, we’re moving to California,” Fingers said in a TV appearance with Tim McCarver in August 2010. He sold his house for $1,500, bought a car, and moved the family to Cucamonga, California, where he went to work in yet another steel mill. On the drive west, the family couldn’t afford to stay in hotels, and they were forced to sleep in sleeping bags by the side of the road.

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