This day in baseball: Rollie Fingers wins MVP

On November 25, 1981, Rollie Fingers of the Milwaukee Brewers became the first relief pitcher ever to win the American League MVP award.  He narrowly beat Rickey Henderson by 11 points for the honor, taking 15 first place votes to Henderson’s 12.  That year, Rollie Fingers also won the Cy Young Award for the American League.

Rollie Fingers, 1978 (public domain)

4 thoughts on “This day in baseball: Rollie Fingers wins MVP

  1. Needed an oil change in the 1982 Series. I sure wish that stash was magic and kept him from shoulder troubles in the 1982 World Series with Brewers losing game 7; bullpen troubles Cardinals scoring 2 runs in the 8th inning, but Fingers only pitched the 9th, but it was game 7 and anythign goes. Where am I?

    But those were great years….build up years; from 1979 all the way to 1983 with half a division title in 1981 and ALCS in 1982. Free agency makes bunching winning seasons like that back to back tougher as players leave but isn’t it something when teams today figure out ways to win year after years, almost more amazing than dynasties?

    1. I agree, it is pretty amazing when they manage it. It’s so rare anymore that a player stays with the same team throughout his career. I think we saw the last of them with the generation of Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken. Billy Butler stated that he wanted to stay with the Royals, and now he’s on to the A’s. We’ll see how true to his word Alex Gordon turns out to be.

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