By popular demand (and by popular demand, I mean at the request of one somewhat dorky, lovable, peanut butter eating, Dave loving Canadian – none other than, you guessed it, Amber Lavitt), I have decided to do a Movember-dedicated post. Apparently, November has become a bit of a mustache month, to my surprise. Movember (http://us.movember.com/about) is a movement dedicated to improving men’s health by growing mustaches to raise awareness and funds for the cause.
Anywho, I’ll be talking mustaches (and other facial hair) today – baseball style! The mustache and baseball have a long and beautiful history, and some of the greatest ‘staches of all-time have been worn by some of the great game’s finest. This will be more visual than most of my posts.
Among the game’s great mustachioed (and funny-named) men:
Rollie Fingers – I’ve already written about him here, but Rollie has perhaps baseball’s most iconic, awesome ‘stache – the famous wax handle bar. He also had a Hall of Fame career, which I guess makes his a Hall of Fame mustache.
Goose Gossage – Already wrote about him a little bit as well. Another guy with an iconic mustache, which made his already intimidating demeanor all the more fearsome. Ended up in the Hall of Fame, just like Rollie.
Gorman Thomas – I love the name Gorman. Brewers fans love the man affectionately known as “Stormin’ Gorman.” One of the most popular players in Brewers history, Gorman was a two time AL home run champion and a one time all-star. Hit 268 homers in his career, but struck out more often than Amb swoons over Dave, and also had an abysmal .225 career average. You gotta love the ‘stache though. One of the most manly baseball ‘staches of all time.
Corky Miller – Corky Abraham Phillip Miller last played with the Reds last season. A journeyman backup catcher, Miller’s career hasn’t been exceptional. He debuted in 2001 and has amassed a .193 average to go along with 11 dingers and 67 RBIs. What he lacks in baseball might, however, he more than makes up for with his uber-manly Fu Manchu. This guy makes Gorman look like cotton candy.
Catfish Hunter – James Augustus Hunter was saddled with the nickname Catfish for no other reason than the fact that zany A’s owner Charlie Finley thought Jim Hunter needed a flashy nickname. The nickname might have been fitting, however, as Catfish actually lost a toe in a hunting accident before his Major League career began. Catfish had a mediocre mustache but a great career. He finished his Hall of Fame career with a 224-166 record to go along with a 3.26 ERA.
Al “The Mad Hungarian” Hrabosky – One of baseball’s great characters, who also happens to bear a striking resemblance to the lovely Amber Lavitt. (I’m kidding, Amb!) You’ll be relieved to know, however, that The Mad Hungarian doesn’t sign his name with a heart, unlike Miss Lavitt. Thank god. Anywho, Al Hrabosky had a decent big league career, amassing a 64-35 record, 97 saves, and a 3.10 ERA in stints with the Cardinals, Royals and Braves. But Al is more famous for his great on-field antics. Between pitches, The Mad Hungarian would turn his back to the batter, walk towards second base, rub the ball between his palms, take a deep breath, and pound the ball into his mitt. He would then storm back to the mound and stare down the batter. To make himself even more menacing, he busted out this fantastic ‘stache.
There you have it. You go, Rollie, Goose, Gorman, Corky, Catfish and Mad Hungarian!