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Oakland As Mustache Gang 1972 Nineteenth-century baseball players regularly sported mustaches. After the turn of the twentieth century, though, most ballplayers were clean shaven. By 1914 only one MLB player--Wally Schang--had facial hair. For the next 58 years, there were no mustachioed players in MLB. In 1972 Reggie Jackson showed up for the Oakland A's spring training camp with a mustache. A's owner Charlie Finley and manager Dick Williams both hated it. The more they insisted that Jackson shave it off, the more defiant he became. Finley then attempted some reverse psychology: He figured if he encouraged other A's players to grow mustaches, Jackson's sense of individuality would be defeated and he'd voluntarily shave his mustache. The plan backfired. After several players starting growing mustaches, Finley started to like the new look of his team and the publicity that came with it. He completely switched gears and offered a $300 bonus to anyone who had grown a mustache by Father's Day. In fact, Finley began pressuring his players to have mustaches. To a man, everyone on the A's roster agreed--including ultra-conservative manager Williams. The As long-haired, mustachioed look would stamp them with an identity starkly different from the rest of Major League Baseball. Relief pitcher Rollie Fingers (shown here) became the most noteworthy Oakland player with a mustache. His agreement to sport stylish facial hair was included in his contract--along with a $100 annual stipend for mustache wax.
Tags: baseball  Oakland  A 
Added: 27th July 2011
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: eric1957 on 2011-07-27 
On the flip side the Cincinnati Reds banned their players growing facial hair.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2011-07-27 
Yep, the staid Cincinnati Reds of that era were the polar opposite of the A's. The no-facial-hair tradition observed by many teams was the law for the Reds. It didn't apply just to hair. Davy Concepcion was fined by the team for wearing white shoes instead of traditional black ones at the 1982 All-Star Game.
Posted by: Classico on 2011-07-30 
I tell ya, it's stories like this that have made baseball so incredibly unique. How I miss the days when baseball headlines were made up of stories like it. And what a team the A's were in that era!!
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