December 8, 1980

Rollie Fingers



Teams | Athletics [1968-76] Padres [77-80] Brewers [81-82, 84-85]

How he was acquired | Fingers signed a five-year contract with the Padres on Dec. 14, 1976.
How he was lost | The Padres traded Fingers, Gene Tenace, Bob Shirley and Bob Green to the Cardinals for Terry Kennedy, Steve Swisher, Mike Phillips, John Littlefield, John Urrea, Kim Seaman and Al Olmsted on Dec. 8, 1980. Four days later, the Cardinals traded Fingers, Ted Simmons and Pete Vuckovich to the Brewers for Larry Sorensen, Sixto Lezcano, David Green and Dave LaPoint.

Pitches | 1. Fastball 2. Slider 3. Forkball (developed 1979)
Players most similar to | Rich Gossage, Gene Garber
Career year [1981] 6-3, 1.04 ERA, 28 saves, 61 strikeouts and 13 walks in 78 innings

Resume |
Inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame [1992]
AL MVP Award [1981]
Top 10 in MVP voting twice [1975, 81]
AL Cy Young Award [1981]
Top three in Cy Young Award voting twice [1975, 81]
Seven-time All-Star [1973-76, 78, 81-82]
World Series MVP [1974]

300th save [Aug. 21, 1982]
Led league in saves three times [1977-78, 81]
Holds record for World Series relief appearances [16]
Combined to pitch no-hitter with Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott and Paul Lindblad [Sept. 28, 1975]

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