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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Fingers becomes first pitcher to save 300 games
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com
Aug. 21, 1982
Rollie Fingers pitches the final two innings of the Milwaukee Brewers' 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners to become the first to save 300 games. While Fingers keeps the ball -- after getting it away from teammate Gorman Thomas, who had promised to throw the memento into the stands -- he seems upset about the manner in which he achieves the milestone.
"It wasn't particularly pretty," he says, referring to Dave Revering's two-run homer in the ninth inning.
When asked what the milestone means to him, Fingers says, "A lot of gray hairs . . . a lot of miles for the ulcers . . . a lot of pitches thrown."
Fingers will retire after the 1985 season with 341 saves in 17 seasons. He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992.
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