Rollie Fingers helped the Brewers get to the 1982 World Series. He just couldn’t pitch once they got there. It’s a heartbreaker when he relives the memory with Wisconsin autograph seekers.
"Rol-lie!" Rol-lie!" Rol-lie!" they screamed by the thousands.
Seen as the last piece to a championship puzzle, Fingers’ signing with Milwaukee as a free agent in the winter of 1980-81 was a great triumph for the Brewers franchise. Baseball’s top closer was still on his game, several years after first gaining fame with the Oakland A’s title teams of the 1970s. He was nearly unstoppable in 1981 and a force for most of the club’s 1982 AL Championship season.
Fingers returned to Wisconsin for an appearance this week and signed for a long line of fans who still remember the best times in Brewers history.