On this day in 1981, Rollie Fingers was the winner of the Cy Young Award. In that same year, he also won the American League MVP. During his 18 year professional baseball career, Fingers played for the Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, and Milwaukee Brewers.
Rollie Fingers, along with is famously prominent handlebar mustache, is one of the few MLB players to have his number retired by more than one club. In 1992, Fingers' number 34 was retired by the Milwaukee Brewers. A year later, the Oakland Athletics also retired his number 34. Fingers played for the Oakland Athletics team that accomplished the first modern day 'three-peat,' winning the World Series in three consecutive years in 1972, 1973, and 1974.
Fingers was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992, following James Wilhelm to become the second reliever inducted into the Hall of Fame.