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Manly, Magical Mustaches – AL Active Save Leaders

19 Apr

1984 Topps - AL Active Career Save Leaders

If you wanted to be one of the active career saves leaders in the American League in 1984, you had to have a mustache.  Let’s go through the top three at that time:

In third place with 136 saves, Dan Quisenberry made up for his basic, everyman mustache with an incredible submarine delivery.

In second place with 206 saves, Rich Gossage complemented a legendary ‘stache with a legendary nickname, “Goose.

And, leading the way with 301 saves, Rollie Fingers redefined the baseball mustache during an era when there was a lot of competition – a great deal of mustachery, one might say.

Manly, Magical Mustaches – Rollie Fingers

16 Sep

1985 Topps - Rollie Fingers

Rollie Fingers’ mustache is the definitive mustache for the sport of baseball.  Like Lanny McDonald’s mustache in hockey, or Hulk Hogan’s in pro wrestling, Fingers’ mustache is one of a kind.  In the case of Fingers, McDonald or Hogan, you don’t even need to see the rest of the player’s face… just the upper lip and all of its magic and manliness.

Fingers is often regarded as the player who changed the role – and status – of the relief pitcher.  He is best remembered for his days with the three-peating Oakland A’s of the early 1970’s, but is also a pretty big deal in Milwaukee (as seen on his 1985 Topps card), where the Brewers also retired his number.  The second reliever ever elected to the Hall of Fame, Fingers could have achieved such an honour based on mustache alone.

Rollie, Sorting by Teams thanks you and salutes you.

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