Mar 20, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics former pitcher Rollie Fingers before a game against the Chicago Cubs at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-US PRESSWIRE
Okay, so we really couldn't pass this one up, right? Top grooming moments? It's kind of like they created this campaign for us, so I'll bite. We're the A's, not the Yankees; we may not have the breakout player, or the most likely to be voted into the All Star game, but we DO do facial hair. I don't even know where to start.
Well, yes I do. The A's even sponsored Mustache Madness last month, asking A's fans to wear a real or fake mustache (and we all know the clear AN winner, right?) in a contest to come up with the best mustache to celebrate the '72 A's team, aka "The Mustache Gang". We have a team name to celebrate grooming. I just want to win something, so we can win facial hair. That okay with everyone else?
For history on the famous A's facial hair team, Wikipedia lists our team under "moustache". We have Moneyball and facial hair. Sweet. The entry is interesting; I didn't know all of this, but I bet Don does.
In the early 1970s, Major League Baseball players seldom wore facial hair. As detailed in the book Mustache Gang, Oakland Athletics owner Charlie Finley decided to hold a moustache-growing contest within his team. When the A's faced the Cincinnati Reds, whose team rules forbade facial hair, in the 1972 World Series, the series was dubbed by media as "the hairs vs. the squares".
Do you suppose if all the A's players grew out their mustaches, we'd end up in the World Series again? I'm sure there's a correlation. Anyway, best A's facial hair? Comment below.