Milwaukee's Rollie Fingers, the major league leader in saves with 28, was named the winner of the American League's Cy Young Award today in voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Fingers, 35, was acquired by the Brewers last December in a three-club trade. He is the fourth relief pitcher and second in the American League to win the Cy Young, given to the league's top pitcher.
Fingers, who had a 6-3 record with a 1.04 earned run average in 47 games and 78 innings, received 22 first-place votes and had a total of 126 points. Steve McCatty of the Oakland A's had six first-place votes and finished second with 84 1/2 points. Jack Morris of the Detroit Tigers was third with 21.
"Very few guys get a chance to have a year like I had," Fingers said. "Every pitcher who's ever won it will say that everything went right during the whole year. Every guy on the ballclub played great behind me, that's one of the main reasons I won. I gave up 10 runs all year and every one of them was earned. The defense didn't give up a run when I was out there."
Following Morris in the voting were Pete Vuckovich (8 1/2) of the Brewers, Dennis Martinez (3 1/2) of the Baltimore Orioles, Rich Gossage (3) and Ron Guidry (2 1/2) of the New York Yankees, Britt Burns (2) of the Chicago White Sox and Larry Gura (1) of the Kansas City Royals.
Fingers is a four-time winner of the Fireman of the Year award. He is the major league record holder in lifetime saves with 272.
Other relief pitchers who won the Cy Young Award were Sparky Lyle of the New York Yankees in 1977 in the American League and Bruce Sutter of the Chicago Cubs in 1979 and Mike Marshall of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1974 in the National League.