1985 was a simpler time. The Brewers played in the American League, no one had even imagined Twitter and gas cost just $1.20 per gallon. Gas prices aren't the only thing that's experienced some inflation since then, though.
On this day in 1985, Rollie Fingers pitched a scoreless ninth to record the save in Milwaukee's 6-5 win over Texas. It was the 217th save of his American League career, setting a new all time record. Fingers went on to pick up 17 saves in his final major league season to finish his career with 341, including 233 as an AL player.
341 saves must have seemed like a lot at the time, but nine closers have since posted more, and Trevor Hoffman's current major league record (601) nearly doubled Fingers' feat.
With help from the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:
- 2010 Brewer Lorenzo Cain, who turns 25.
- 2001 Mark Leiter, who turns 48.