Rollie Fingers of Milwaukee has become the first relief pitcher to win the American League Most Valuable Player award, adding this honor to the Cy Young Award which he captured earlier, Monitor sports editor Larry Eldridge reports. The ace right-hander, who went 6-3 with a 1.04 earned-run average and a league-leading 28 saves, edged Oakland outfielder Rickey Henderson in an unusually close MVP vote by baseball writers. The only other reliever to win an MVP award was the National League's Jim Konstanty of Philadelphia in 1950.
Despite Poland's 50 percent increase just made in gasoline prices, Poles appear as ready as ever to pay $4 a gallon. Despite the price rise, introduced to curb gasoline demand in Poland's shortage-ridden economy, many private car owners say they will not change their driving habits, the Communist Daily Trybuna Ludu reports.