Chewing tobacco. Crotch grabbing. Crazy mascots. And sweet moustaches. Yes, well-groomed soup strainers are as much a part of baseball lore as these other cherished traditions. Here are the best of the best.
Don Mattingly The Hit Man isn’t just one of the most distinguished first basemen of the past 30 years. He also had a superior ’stache.
Wade Boggs From ’93 to ’95 Boggs teamed up with Mattingly to give the Yankees the best upper-lip rugs in the entire MLB.
Rollie Fingers With a wonderfully groomed and waxed moustache like that, it’s no wonder that Rollie Fingers is one of the few ballplayers to have his number retired by multiple teams.
Dennis Eckersley The Eck’s caterpillar provided him with the wisdom to coin the phrase “walk-off home run” after he gave one up to fellow ’stached-man Kirk Gibson in the 1988 World Series.
John Axford He has since transitioned to a beard—and the Rockies. But a few years back, the Ax Man’s handlebar roamed the streets of Milwaukee at night, looking for ironic hipster moustaches to mock.
Rod Beck The late, great Rod Beck certainly must have inspired the more charming (ahem) aspects of Kenny Powers’ personality. The 1994 Rolaids Relief Man of the Year is missed.
Reggie Jackson Mr. October brought the ’stache back in ’72. The Oakland A’s were so irritated with what they considered showboating that they all grew moustaches just to spite him.
Pud Galvin Pud Galvin was the first pitcher to throw an away no-hitter, no doubt aided by his fearsome facial hair. He was also known for using monkey testosterone to keep his ’stache and his game at their peak.
Frenchy Bordagaray We wonder: Did he get the nickname “Frenchy” before or after the ’stache?
Satchel Paige Satchel Paige is known as one of the legends of the game, but he’s also the oldest rookie ever to take the mound.
Eddie Murray Here’s switch-hitting great Eddie Murray decking some other dude we’ve never heard of. And looking damn good doing it.
Keith Hernandez He might go a little too fast when it comes to bromance, what with wanting help moving right away and all, but he’s a baseball legend with a solid ’stache.
Goose Gossage Nine teams in nine different cities got to enjoy the burly, masculine facial hair of Mr. Gossage.