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AUGUST 21 (1982) - Rollie*
By Bill Grimes
Aug 21, 2007 - 12:08 PM

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Rollie Rolls up the Saves

 

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON • AUGUST 21, 1982 - Milwaukee Brewer reliever Rollie Fingers made it exciting, but managed to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat and become the first major leaguer to reach 300 career saves on this date in 1982.
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 The term “Closer” still wasn’t widely used at the time. In fact Fingers, like many ace relievers, entered the game in the 8th trying to salvage a shutout being thrown by Brewer starter Doc Medich. The only runs given up by Brewer pitching were given up by Fingers. But he managed to keep Seattle from getting any closer, and the Brewers won 3-2.

 

It was Fingers 28th save of the year, a year, by the way, in which Milwaukee ended up in the World Series, losing to the Cardinals in seven.

 

Trevor Hoffman , of the San Diego Padres is the career leader with more than 513 saves and counting. Fingers is 9th on the all-time list with 341 saves.

 

Sources:

http://www.retrosheet.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Closer_(baseball)

 

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