Happy Birthday Rollie Fingers!!!
Rollie Fingers turns 68 years old today.
While Rollie Fingers may best be known for his famous facial hair, his solid baseball career earned him quite a bit of fame too.
A 17-year veteran, boasting 341 career saves and seven All-star appearances, Fingers was a dominant relief pitcher for more than a decade.
His best work was during the 1981 season while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers. In that season, Fingers posted a 6-3 record while also collecting 28 saves. He had a 1.04 ERA with 78 innings pitched. And in those appearances he struck out 61 batters while walking just 13. Fingers’ dominance was enough to earn him the league’s Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards – a truly remarkable feat!!
Rollie Fingers is a 3-time World Series champion. His efforts on the 1972-74 Oakland A’s teams help the team from ‘The Bay’ become one of baseball’s greatest dynasties!!!
With such an impressive resume, it is kind of shocking that Fingers has a losing record. For his career, he is 114-118. So for his birthday, I would like to give Mr. Fingers a ‘do-over’ of the 1978 season in which he went 6-13. I am hoping for 5 more wins than losses so this Hall of Famer could hold his head even a little higher with his above .500 winning percentage!!
Happy Birthday Mr. Fingers!!!