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September 02, 2006

Jason Giambi is furry and riding shotgun: - you got a problem with that?

Be sure not to miss the sidebar article, featuring the "All-Time Yankee 'Stache Roster".

posted by mr_crash_davis to baseball at 05:40 PM - 14 comments

I thought it was weird when I was watching a game and saw Giambis stache. Normally, Georgie has a very strict policy on facial hair. (ex: Johnny Damon) But, after sweeping the Red Sox (overkill with all the Boston vs. Yankees I know) George probably dosent care what facial hair the players have.

posted by Kendall at 09:50 PM on September 02

Guidry and Mattingly had some pretty good staches back in the day, Sparky Lyle too I think. Staches have always been ok. It's beards and long hair that were taboo.

posted by bigmickfan at 07:16 AM on September 03

This may or may not be correct, but I believe, that in 1972, Reggie Jackson was the first major leaguer to sport facial hair, and instead of fighting Reggie's rebelliousness, A's owner Charles Finley offered a $50 bonus to every player on the team to grow a mustache, and every player on the team took him up on it, including manager Dick Williams. That team went on to win 3 straight World Series, so I reckon Giambi could choose worse adornments....

posted by mjkredliner at 08:05 AM on September 03

George probably dosent care what facial hair the players have. george has always allowed mustaches, as long as they are neatly trimmed. and for as much as i dislike the plain 'stache look, i like it on giambi. i just wish donnie would grow his back.

posted by goddam at 09:49 AM on September 03

Someone on NYYFans.com photoshopped staches onto 15 prominent players, it's a masterpiece. I noticed them coming in during the Boston series when I also was goofing around and growing one. I think it's great. They should all grow one out for the rest of the year, like the NHL playoff beard tradition. They could be known as the Mustache Gang and it would be deliciously 80s.

posted by Bernreuther at 10:20 AM on September 03

Nice article. Speaking "staches', The back-up catcher for the Yanks has a really nice thick one. He even has matchng eye brows!

posted by daddisamm at 11:37 AM on September 03

Be sure not to miss the sidebar article Too bad they didn't have Rollie Fingers, or that could have been the handlebar sidebar.

posted by wfrazerjr at 01:01 PM on September 03

That sidebar was awesome. Sparky and Catfish had great 'staches, but my all time favorite was Dick "Dirt" Tidrow's Fu Manchu variation. Very cool. But no one topped Al "the mad Hungarian" Hrabosky's. No one. Thurman Munson feuded with George all year in 1978 and racked up many, many fines triggered by his growing a beard, but mustaches were definitely always okay. I don't think the rule has changed at all over the years. I thought the early 70s A's were pretty bad ass as a kid. Long hair, handlebar mustaches, they were the bad boys of their day, and at least until the Big Red Machine took over, they were by far the best team in the game.

posted by psmealey at 02:40 PM on September 03

Someone on NYYFans.com photoshopped staches onto 15 prominent players, it's a masterpiece. was it this one bern?

posted by goddam at 06:26 PM on September 03

This may or may not be correct, but I believe, that in 1972, Reggie Jackson was the first major leaguer to sport facial hair, and instead of fighting Reggie's rebelliousness, A's owner Charles Finley offered a $50 bonus to every player on the team to grow a mustache, and every player on the team took him up on it, including manager Dick Williams. That team went on to win 3 straight World Series, so I reckon Giambi could choose worse adornments.... In fact, according to the baseball library, facial hair was commonplace in the 1890's and early 20th century. John McGraw was one of many. The last player with a moustache for many years was Wally Schang of the Philadelphia Athletics in 1914. The first modern day players to wear moustaches were Dick Allen and Felipe Alou in 1970.

posted by tommytrump at 01:56 AM on September 04

I think ballplayers should be required to have 'staches. Makes it seem like old time baseball all the time.

posted by commander cody at 02:08 AM on September 04

That picture is hilarious. Jeter looks a bit like Freddie Mercury.

posted by psmealey at 07:47 AM on September 04

Watching the Yankees/Royals game now, and Giambi started the game wearing his mustache, but he apparently had time to shave between innings 'cause it's gone now.

posted by mr_crash_davis at 09:31 PM on September 04

Shave those damn sideburns Mattingly!

posted by HATER 187 at 08:23 AM on September 05

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