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Elephant Rumblings: A’s pitching holds up in win over Orioles

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  • 1972 — Colorful Oakland Athletics owner Charlie Finley holds baseball’s first ever “Mustache Day.” Finley agreed to pay $300 to each of his players for growing mustaches by Father’s Day. Reggie Jackson had started the trend by reporting to spring training with a mustache, to became the first major leaguer to do so since Frenchy Bordagaray in 1936.
  • 1976 — Commissioner Bowie Kuhn voids the sales of Oakland Athletics stars Vida Blue, Rollie Fingers and Joe Rudi. Kuhn orders the players to return to Oakland, but spiteful Athletics owner Charlie Finley will not allow manager Chuck Tanner to use any of them in a game until June 27th.

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