In 1895, the Springfield Daily Republican called Fincke "the steadiest player" on Yale's football squad. That same year, Fincke helped Yale shut-out the Carlisle Indian School with his impressive tackling abilities.
Fincke had a tremendous impact on Yale. In 1897, upon his graduation, Fincke was voted as the member of his class who had "done the most for Yale." He was also voted the "handsomest man in his Yale class and the most popular."