Sunday, July 10, 2011

1976 Hostess #104 - Rollie Fingers

  • Rollie Fingers was one of the premier relievers in baseball in the 1970s and early 1980s
  • Fingers was an AL All Star from 1973-1976 and led the AL in appearances in 1974 and 1975
  • Rollie won arbitration cases in 1974 ($65,000 vs $55,000 offer) and in 1975 ($89,000 vs $76,000 offer)
  • He elected to play out his option in 1976 and took a 20% pay cut
  • Fingers (along with Joe Rudi) was sold to the Boston Red Sox but the sale was voided by Commissioner Bowie Kuhn
  • Rollie was in limbo for  several days as A's owner Charlie Finley ordered the players whose sales were voided benched. The A's players threatened to strike on June 27 but Finley relented at the last minute
  • Fingers signed a 6-year, $1.6 million contract with the San Diego Padres after the 1976 season.

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