On November 25, 1981 — Milwaukee Brewer hurler Rollie Fingers becomes the first relief pitcher ever to win the American League MVP Award. The 34 year-old right-hander, who also wins the Cy Young award, narrowly beats  Rickey Henderson by 11 points, 319-308. Henderson was drafted by the A’s in 1976, fingers last year with the club. He was as close to automatic as a reliever had ever been. In 78 innings he walked just 13 and flashed a 1.04 ERA. He saved 28 and won six, figuring in 55% of Milwaukee’s victories in the strike-shortened season.