Manly, Magical Mustaches – Craig Lefferts

14 May

1992 Topps – Craig Lefferts

By 1992, the mustache was becoming more and more a thing of the past in Major League Baseball.  Players everywhere were becoming significantly less masculine by shaving their facial hair and chopping off mullets left, right and centre.

However, clearly, Craig Lefferts would have none of it.  Instead of going Full Monty and removing the mustache completely, he went for a short-cropped haircut along with a perfectly manicured mustache – the kind of mustache you might possibly see on a highway patrolman, or maybe someone who spends a lot of time in front of the camera.

Interesting Craig Lefferts fact: He started five games in his rookie season, 1983.  Then, he pitched in 526 Major League Baseball games as a reliever, including an NL-leading 83 in 1986, before oddly starting all 32 games he appeared in during the 1992 campaign.  In 1993 and 1994, he was primarily back in the bullpen.

Craig Lefferts, we salute you for fighting the good fight when many had already accepted defeat and moved on.

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