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Paul Molitor: A great hitter with quick wrists, Paul Molitor finished in the top ten in batting 11 times. He starred for several seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers before finding post-season success with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993. He was one of the best World Series performers in history and retired with more than 3,300 hits, 230 homers, and 500 steals. Molitor battled injuries early in his career, but had great years in his thirties, when he played primarily as a designated hitter.
Robin Yount: The last of a dying breed, the Brewers' Robin Yount spent his entire twenty year career with one team in the same city. He won Most Valuable Player Awards at two different positions, became the first player to have two four-hit games in a single World Series, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. Yount accomplished all of this after nearly giving up the game at the age of 22 to become a professional golfer.
Rollie Fingers: Believing that the 34-year old Fingers had seen his best days, the Padres traded their ace reliever to the Cardinals in a blockbuster 11-player deal at the conclusion of the 1980 season. However, with Bruce Sutter already anchoring the St. Louis bullpen, the Cardinals included Fingers in a seven-player trade with Milwaukee only four days later.
Back in the American League, Fingers had the greatest season of his career. He won six games and saved a league-leading 28 others during the strike-shortened 1981 campaign, while compiling an exceptional 1.04 ERA and allowing only 55 hits in 78 innings of work. Fingers' extraordinary performance earned him both the A.L. MVP and Cy Young Awards.
Fingers had another outstanding year for the Brewers in 1982, helping them advance to the World Series by saving 29 games and winning five others. However, an ailing elbow forced him to watch Milwaukee's World Series loss to St. Louis from the sidelines. He then missed the entire 1983 campaign due to elbow problems, before returning to the Brewers in 1984 to post a 1.96 ERA and save 23 games.
Milwaukee manager Rene Lachemann discussed the metamorphosis Fingers underwent during his time away from the game, saying in 1984, "Before, he was a real power pitcher. Now, he's the type of pitcher who has command of all his pitches. Another thing is the poise he has out there. He knows he's going to get them out. He gives me a lot of confidence when he's out there."
The number #50, although it has not been retired, has been placed in the Brewers' Ring of Honor for Bob Uecker and his half-century in baseball.
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