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September 5, 2013

Pathfinder residents hit home runs against Fingers

Hall of Famer tours facility as part of tournament week


“Wow, you have everything here,” Fingers said as he toured the bakery, greenhouse, chapel and school rooms.

“We don’t have a baseball field yet,” Landers said as he showed Fingers a framed picture of Harmon Killebrew, the 1984 HOF inductee who was a big patron of the village. “It was one of his dreams that we someday have a baseball field here. We’re still working on it.

“We just put in a soccer field last year,” Landers added.

“You could put in a golf course back here,” Fingers said, half joking. “You’ve got room for it. You could put in two holes and knock the ball back and forth.”

Fingers, who has a 2-3 handicap, played in the Pro-Am on Tuesday. His team, which included Matt Burrell, Mark deTomaso, Dave Theilman and Tim Wilson, placed third.

The event, which raised $50,000 for Pathfinder Village, was won by Cooperstown native Scott Spence, Jim Bugonian, Jim Potts, Peter Severud and Andrew Vilacky.

Fingers wore two big baseball rings Monday, one on each of his ring fingers. On his right hand was his Hall of Fame induction ring. On his left hand was the American League championship ring he won with the Milwaukee Brewers in 1982.

“My kids will get the World Series rings some day,” he said. “A lot of the other stuff, I have sold. It got to the point where I had so much of it and no where to put it. Some of it was in storage for 12 years, and no one ever looked at it. Finally I decided to sell it and let someone else enjoy it.”

As one of the pioneer relief pitchers, Fingers had 341 saves and a lifetime earned run average of 2.90. He won World Series titles with the Oakland A’s in 1972, 1973 and 1974. He was the World Series MVP in ‘74. He won the AL MVP and Cy Young for the Brewers in 1981; only eight players have ever won both awards in the same season. He also played for the San Diego Padres.


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