I don’t think I could have been a successful closer in the 1970’s and 80’s. My facial hair just isn’t up to par. Today’s case in point: Bruce Sutter.
Sutter, who changed the game by perfecting the splitter, was also the first ever pitcher elected to the Hall of Fame who never started even one game. Also, he wore number 42, which made it a bit awkward when the Cardinals retired his number. Something about some kid named Robinson wearing it with a bit more meaning.
But really, is all that stuff important? Let’s get our priorities straight. I mean, look at that 1984 Topps card. That beard had flow! How many beards could flow in the breeze better than most men’s hair? Bruce Sutter, we salute you.