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Encyclopedia > Rollie Fingers
Roland Fingers giving his trademark handlebar moustache a twirl.
Roland Fingers giving his trademark handlebar moustache a twirl.

Roland Glen "Rollie" Fingers (born August 25, 1946) 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. He was born in Steubenville, Ohio. Rollie Fingers, Associated Press photo. ... Rollie Fingers, Associated Press photo. ... Example of a handlebar moustache A handlebar moustache is a moustache with particularly lengthy, often graspable, extremities. ... August 25 is the 237th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (238th in leap years), with 128 days remaining. ... 1946 was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... A relief pitcher warms up in the bullpen as the game goes on A relief pitcher or reliever is a baseball or softball pitcher who enters the game after the starting pitcher is removed due to injury, ineffectiveness or fatigue. ... MLB logo Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... This article is about the baseball team currently active in the American League. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... The San Diego Padres are a Major League Baseball team based in San Diego, California. ... The Milwaukee Brewers are a Major League Baseball team based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. ... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1985 is a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Example of a handlebar moustache A handlebar moustache is a moustache with particularly lengthy, often graspable, extremities. ... Charles Oscar Finley (February 22, 1918 - February 19, 1997), Major League Baseball owner, was the flamboyant owner of the Oakland Athletics. ... Steubenville is a city located in Jefferson County, Ohio. ...


When Fingers reached the major leagues, the role of relief pitchers was limited, as starting pitchers rarely left games while holding a lead; but as team offense increased following the 1968 season, and especially with the American League's introduction of the designated hitter in 1973, managers became more willing to replace starters in the late innings with a lead in order to forestall any late rallies by opponents. Through the 1960s, both leagues' annual saves leaders tended toward totals of 20-25 saves; few pitchers remained in the role more than a two or three years, with significant exceptions such as Roy Face and knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm. But in the 1970s, in an era allowing for greater opportunities for closers than had previously been available, Fingers' excellence in relief allowed him to gradually increase his annual saves totals past 30. He eventually earned 341 career saves, greatly surpassing WIlhelm's record of 227. A relief pitcher warms up in the bullpen as the game goes on A relief pitcher or reliever is a baseball or softball pitcher who enters the game after the starting pitcher is removed due to injury, ineffectiveness or fatigue. ... 1968 was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ... The 1960s, or The Sixties, in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ... Elroy Leon Face (born February 20, 1928 in Stephentown, New York) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1953, 1955-68), Detroit Tigers (1968) and Montreal Expos (1969). ... James Hoyt Wilhelm (July 26, 1922 in Huntersville, North Carolina - August 23, 2002 in Sarasota, Florida) was an American relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... This article provides extensive lists of events and significant personalities of the 1970s. ... In baseball, a closer is a relief pitcher who specializes in closing games, i. ...


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. As a result, later teams have been more willing to move successful starters – notably Dennis Eckersley, Dave Righetti, and John Smoltz – to the permanent role of closer, with no plans to bring them back to the rotation. Albert Walter Sparky Lyle (born July 22, 1944) is an American former left-handed relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. ... Richard Michael Goose Gossage (born July 5, 1951 in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played 21 seasons for nine different teams before retiring in 1994. ... Dennis Lee Eckersley (born October 3, 1954 in Oakland, California), nicknamed Eck, was a Major League Baseball player elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004 (his first year of eligibility). ... David Allan Righetti (born November 28, 1958 in San Jose, California), nicknamed Rags, is an American former left-handed pitcher, and current pitching coach, in Major League Baseball. ... John Smoltz John Andrew Smoltz (born May 15, 1967 in Detroit, Michigan, USA) is a Major League Baseball player. ...


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. The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... In baseball, the Cy Young Award is an honor given annually to the best pitchers in the Major Leagues. ... See also: 1980 in sports, 1982 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Darrell Waltrip Richard Petty won the Daytona 500 CART Racing - Rick Mears won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Bobby Unser Formula One Champion - Brazil 24 hours of Le... See also: 1973 in sports, other events of 1974, 1975 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Richard Petty won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Richard Petty IROC Championship - inaugural year won by Mark Donohue Indianapolis 500 - Johnny Rutherford USAC Racing - Bobby Unser... The World Series MVP Award is given to the player who most contributes to his teams success in the World Series. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award, first awarded in 1976, is a distinction given to the top relief pitcher in each league at the end of each season. ... See also: 1976 in sports, other events of 1977, 1978 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Cale Yarborough Cale Yarborough won the Daytona 500 USAC Racing - Tom Sneva wins the season championship Indianapolis 500 - won by A.J. Foyt. ... See also: 1977 in sports, 1979 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto racing USAC - A J Foyt won final season championship under USAC. CART, Championship Auto Racing Teams open wheel racing established in the United States. ... See also: 1979 in sports, 1981 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt Buddy Baker won the Daytona 500 CART Racing - Johnny Rutherford won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Johnny Rutherford Formula One Champion - Alan Jones of Australia 24... 1981 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1992 he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, joining Wilhelm to become only the second reliever inducted. See also: 1991 in sports, other events of 1992, 1993 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Davey Allison won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Alan Kulwicki CART Racing - season championship won by Bobby Rahal Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Jr. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, United States, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests that serves as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in North America, the display of baseball-related...


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Rollie Fingers was part of a few historic deals and non-deals during his career.
Rollie Fingers earned the win or a save in eight of Oakland's 12 victories in their three World Series championships, from 1972-1974.
Fingers was durable, had excellent control, rarely gave up the longball, was a fine defensive pitcher, and he even hit the ball well, though his batting record was erratic after the DH was implemented.
Rollie Fingers Information (457 words)
Roland Glen Fingers (born August 25, 1946 in Steubenville, Ohio) 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).
Fingers is regarded as a pioneer of modern relief pitching, essentially defining the role of the closer for years to come.
Fingers won the Rolaids Relief Man of the Year Award in 1977, 1978, and 1980 with the Padres and in 1981 with the Brewers.
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