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Fingers becomes first pitcher to save 300 games
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

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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