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Rollie Fingers Files Plea for Liquidation of Debts

March 24, 1989|From Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — Former relief pitcher and 1981 American League Cy Young Award winner Rollie Fingers has filed a petition in Bankruptcy Court seeking liquidation of his debts.

Court records show that Fingers has assets estimated at less than $50,000 and liabilities of more than $1 million. The documents also list creditor claims totaling $4.2 million.

Fingers, 42, who lives in the northern San Diego County community of Rancho Bernardo, holds the major league record for career saves with 341 during a 16-year baseball career that ended after the 1985 season.

He broke into the big leagues in 1969 with Oakland, and pitched for the A's in three straight World Series' from 1972 through 1974.

Fingers moved to the National League in 1977 with San Diego, where he spent four seasons before going back to the American League.

He was named the American League's Most Valuable Player in 1981 and won the Cy Young Award that year while pitching for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Selected by Baseball Magazine as Relief Pitcher of the Decade for the 1970s in balloting of baseball writers, broadcasters and club executives, Fingers ended his career after the 1985 season when he was released by the Brewers.

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