Fingers owes state $1.4 million in income taxes

1/3/2007 - MLB

MILWAUKEE -- Hall of Fame pitcher Rollie Fingers owes
Wisconsin more than $1.4 million in income taxes and is the seventh
biggest tax delinquent in the state.

The state Department of Revenue lists Roland G. Fingers as owing
$1,433,609. Among those owing only income taxes, Fingers tops the list.

Fingers, known for his handlebar mustache, would not do an
interview Wednesday, said his agent, John Boggs.

But Boggs said Fingers' tax attorneys were working on the case,
which he said came from Fingers' time as a closer for the Milwaukee Brewers. That was in 1981-82 and 1984-85. Boggs wouldn't say
exactly when the taxes were due.

"This was basically a shock to him," he said.

He also would not comment on whether Fingers was going to pay
the back taxes or dispute the delinquency, but said, "He feels
very confident about where he stands."

Revenue Department spokeswoman Meredith Helgerson said Wednesday
the state can garnish wages, issue levies against bank accounts,
intercept tax refunds and use a collection agency to collect back
taxes. She couldn't say whether any action had been taken against Fingers.

In his 17-year major league career, mostly as a reliever,
Fingers helped the Oakland A's win three consecutive World Series
from 1972-74, and helped the Brewers get to the World Series in
1982. He was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1992.

He is eighth in career saves with 341.

The debt was first reported Dec. 26 by a political blogger on