Today In Brewer History: Fingers Inducted

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One of the greatest relievers in MLB history became a Hall of Famer 21 years ago today.

On this day in 1992 four men were officially inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame: longtime umpire Bill McGowan and pitchers Hal Newhouser, Tom Seaver and Rollie Fingers.

Fingers may have been the most historically significant of the inductions, because at the time he was one of just two pitchers enshrined who had been primarily used as relievers (joining Hoyt Wilhelm). Fingers came out of the bullpen in 907 of his 944 career appearances, notching 341 saves. 97 of those saves, two All Star appearances and the 1981 AL Cy Young and MVP Awards came as a Brewer.

Here's the text from Fingers' Hall of Fame plaque:

CAREER EPITOMIZED EMERGENCE OF MODERN-DAY RELIEF ACE AS HE APPROACHED LEGENDARY STATUS WITH CONSISTENT EXCELLENCE COMING OUT OF BULLPEN. RELIED UPON SINKING FAST BALL TO BECOME ALL-TIME MAJOR LEAGUE LEADER WITH 341 CAREER SAVES. APPEARED IN 16 WORLD SERIES GAMES FOR OAKLAND, WINNING 2 AND SAVING 6. A.L. MVP AND CY YOUNG AWARDEE IN 1981.

With help from Brewerfan.net and the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:

Today is also the 54th anniversary of Milwaukee Braves outfielder Bill Bruton tripling three times in a win over the Cardinals in 1959, and the third anniversary of the Brewers beating the Cubs 18-1 at Wrigley in 2010. We covered those events in this space last year and two years ago, respectively.
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