The 50 Greatest Mustaches in MLB History

Doug Mead@@Sports_A_HolicCorrespondent IMay 25, 2011

The 50 Greatest Mustaches in MLB History

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    Throughout the history of Major League Baseball, thousands upon thousands of ballplayers have worked tirelessly to make their mark on the playing fields, either through their prowess at the plate, their command on the mound or their incredible defensive exploits.

    While many players have succeeded in leaving their mark and cementing their legendary status, still others made their mark on the game in other ways—through their appearance.

    In terms of facial hair, there have been many styles sported by ballplayers through the generations, earning nicknames for some, and ridicule for others.

    Since beauty is in the eye of the beholder, we will put together our list of the players who left their marks in the world of baseball based on mustaches, rather than on-field achievements.

    Here, then, is our list of the 50 greatest mustaches in MLB history.

    Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle. Follow Doug on Twitter, @Sports_A_Holic.

Honorable Mention: Bill Buckner- 1969-1990

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    Since Bill Buckner makes many lists for all the wrong reasons, we figured he deserved at least an honorable mention on this particular list.

    Not only is Buckner seen sporting a bushy mustache, if there were a list for bushiest eyebrows, we think Buckner might end up at the top of that list as well.

50. Todd Worrell: 1985-1997

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    During the 13-year career of closer Todd Worrell, he compiled 256 saves, good for 28th all-time. He was also the Rookie of the Year in the National League in 1986, saving 36 games in his first full season with the St. Louis Cardinals.

    However, Worrell also became known for his little, skinny mustache he sported in the mid-80s. Considering the largess of everything in the 70s, Worrell’s look was certainly a bit different from some of his predecessors. Oddly enough, between the years of 1977 and 1988, out of 24 Rolaids Relief Award winners, 22 of them had either mustaches or beards.

    Guess the look caught on.

49. Todd Jones: 1993-2008

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    Even though closer Todd Jones didn’t play in either the 70s or 80s, he certainly got into the swing of things with his facial hair.

    Jones, who saved 319 games in the majors, good for 14th on the all-time list, apparently decided that if the look worked for Goose Gossage, it would work for him as well.

48. Dave Stieb: 1979-1993, 1998

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    In 15 seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, Dave Stieb became the all-time franchise leader in wins, with 175. Stieb also sported a lifetime ERA of 3.44, proving that he was pretty stingy on the mound.

    Some would also say that Stieb is the franchise leader in facial-hair appearance as well. Personally, I don’t ever recall seeing him without his trademark mustache.

47. Brian Wilson: 2006-Present

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 18:  Closer Brian Wilson #38 of the San Francisco Giants stands in the dugout before the game with the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 18, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    I have a pretty good feeling that a lot of people will wonder why current San Francisco Giants closer Brian Wilson isn’t higher on this list.

    While Wilson does indeed sport a fine-looking mustache, it’s an ensemble piece, as for Wilson, it’s all about the beard. has already done a complete marketing campaign as part of their Always Epic theme involving Wilson and his beard.

    Remember, in Wilson’s case, the saying is “Fear the beard,” not “fear the mustache.”

46. Rick Sweet: 1978, 1982-1983

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    There are, no doubt, scores of people heading to Google right now, wondering to themselves, who the heck is Rick Sweet?

    Sweet, a backup catcher for three different teams in three different seasons, certainly didn’t leave a mark that was memorable in terms of his playing career. However, concerning facial hair, Sweet was right up there among the best.

    Back in the day, quite a few players from the Seattle Mariners sported mustaches of varying lengths and styles, and you might find one or two later or in this list. But Sweet’s almost Groucho-like ‘stache certainly makes our list.

45. Davey Lopes: 1972-1987

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    Nowadays, you can see former second-baseman Davey Lopes guiding players from his first-base coaching position with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Back in the day, especially during the mid-to-late 1970s, Lopes was part of a great infield combination with the Dodgers, along with Steve Garvey, Bill Russell and Ron Cey.

    Lopes, who was known for his great speed, leading the National League in stolen bases in 1975 and 1976, was also known for a great-looking mustache. In terms of Dodgers history, it just might be the second-best mustache in franchise history.

    You’ll have to continue scrolling to see the best in Dodgers history.

44. Reggie Jackson: 1967-1987

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    Back in the early-to-mid 1970s, slugger Reggie Jackson was stylin’ with the ‘stache along with the rest of his band of misfit brothers on the famous Oakland Athletics teams.

    Winners of three-straight World Series championships between 1972-1974, they formed a dynasty and are considered one of the best teams ever assembled.

    When Jackson moved on to the New York Yankees, he kept his signature ‘stache, much to the delight (read angst) of owner George Steinbrenner. Although Steinbrenner had banned beards and long hair grown beneath the collar, he had not specifically banned mustaches, although he was not in favor of them.

43. Bob Molinaro: 1975-1983

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    While utility outfielder/pinch-hitter Bob Molinaro may not have been known for great baseball skills, he was good enough to stick around for eight seasons with five different teams, filling a necessary role as a reserve.

    Molinaro is much better known for sporting a nifty mustache, giving him the opportunity to make at least one top list in baseball.

42. Fred McGriff: 1986-2004

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    When Fred McGriff decided to retire in 2004, he retired just seven home runs shy of the magic 500 mark. McGriff is also one of only two players (Gary Sheffield) to have hit 30 home runs with five different teams.

    McGriff, nicknamed “Crime Dog” by ESPN sportscaster Chris Berman, also sported a pretty good-looking mustache for much of his career, and with six different teams to boot.

41. Dave Chalk: 1973-1981

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    Dave Chalk was a good infielder who could fill in at second, short or third for the California Angels during the mid-to-late 1970s. The two-time All-Star was out of baseball after finishing the 1981 season with the Kansas City Royals at just 31 years of age.

    Chalk makes our list simply because he had one of the thinnest mustaches in baseball, and kept it that way for years.

40. Don Baylor: 1970-1988

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    Don Baylor, the American League MVP in 1979 while with the California Angels, had a propensity for getting hit, leading the league in getting hit by pitches an astonishing eight times in his career. Baylor oftentimes had a way of just sticking out his hip and allowing himself to be plunked.

    Could it be that the reason Baylor got plunked so much was because opposing pitchers were jealous of the stylish ‘stache?

    Baylor still sports the signature mustache today, as the hitting coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

39. Dave Kingman: 1971-1986

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    For 16 seasons, slugger Dave Kingman thrilled crowds with some of the most prodigious blasts of his generation, accumulating 442 home runs overall, despite a mediocre .236 lifetime average. With “Kong” Kingman, you could generally expect either a mighty blast or a colossal whiff, as he also struck out over 1,800 times during his career.

    During his days with the Cubs and the Mets, Kingman sported a Fu Manchu, further adding to his scary status as a power hitter.

38. Eddie Murray: 1977-1997

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    By the time switch-hitter Eddie Murray retired in 1997, he was among rare company. Murray is one of only four players ever to hit 500 home runs and collect 3,000 hits (Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Rafael Palmeiro), and is second behind Mickey Mantle in all-time home runs by a switch hitter (504).

    Murray was also all about style. He never had a problem keeping his upper lip warm with the growth that he created there.

    *Edit: When I originally wrote this slide, I neglected to include Rafael Palmeiro as one of the players who hit 500 home runs and collected 3,000 during his career. I regret the error, and thank Kevin O'Grady for pointing it out...

37. Sal Fasano: 1996-2008

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    Sal Fasano may have been one of the most well-traveled catchers of all-time, playing with nine different teams in just 11 seasons. His longest stop was with his original team, the Kansas City Royals. Fasano never started anywhere he played, however, he served as a very capable backup.

    Fasano also sported what is known as a horseshoe mustache, and during his brief time in Philadelphia with the Phillies, fans there started a cult following of sorts called Sal’s Pals, in honor of his famous ‘stache.

36. Barry Zito: 2000-Present

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    When San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Barry Zito started the 2011 season, he was seen sporting a new look—a mustache.

    Thus far, it has been called just about everything from pornstache to just plain terrible taste in facial hair. Unfortunately, it didn’t help his health, as he landed on the DL with a mysterious foot injury in mid-April.

    It’s possible Zito was trying to disguise himself, considering his overall record in San Francisco since signing a seven-year, $126 million albatross of a contract.

35. Andre Dawson: 1976-1996

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    Right-fielder Andre “Hawk” Dawson came to the majors with a potent bat and a rifle arm, earning eight Gold Glove awards, Rookie of the Year honors and an MVP award in 1987, the first time any player had ever won the award with a last-place team.

    Dawson was also well-known for his signature mustache that he wore for most of his career, starting with his days in Montreal. Considering the relative obscurity of where he played, maybe he figured the ‘stache would help him to stand out.

34. Glenn Burke: 1976-1979

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    When Glenn Burke broke into the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1976, he came with a great pedigree—a high-school basketball Player of the Year in Northern California in 1970, and a phenomenal baseball player who scouts described as the next Willie Mays.

    However, Burke only lasted four seasons in the majors. Burke was the first Major League Baseball player to publicly acknowledge his homosexuality, and according to his biography, he was subjected to ridicule at times, with Oakland A’s manager Billy Martin once calling him a “faggot” in front of teammates.

    Burke is also recognized as the first baseball player to use the high-five during a game.

33. Brendan Ryan: 2007-Present

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    Current Seattle Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan went through some growth spurts during his time with the St. Louis Cardinals, both defensively and otherwise.

    While his defensive prowess developed, Ryan was at times lacking in developing at the plate. In 2009, Ryan had a breakout season at the plate, hitting .292. However in 2010, Ryan once again regressed, spawning the regrowth of his mustache and, according to, a critique from mustache legend Al Hrabosky:

    “I just don’t get it.” says Hrabosky.  “I mean, I had a mustache when I was in the 5th grade and you’re telling me it’s taken two weeks for Brendan to grow one?  I mean it’s coming along…but no where near the meaty girth it needs to be to compete in this league.”  With Ryan’s success tied to his mustache, Hrabosky believes that the sluggish growth “reveals a lack of determination.”

    “As I’ve said before, if you hustle, you never embarrass yourself.”

    Wow. That’s harsh. No wonder Ryan is in Seattle.

32. Mike Schmidt: 1972-1989

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    During the 18-year career of Mike Schmidt, he became one of the greatest third basemen of all-time, collecting 10 Gold Glove awards, seven National League home-run crowns, three MVP awards and 12 All-Star selections.

    If they had given out an award for a pretty cool mustache, Schmidt probably would have collected that hardware as well.

31. Keith Hernandez: 1974-1990

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    First-baseman Keith Hernandez fashioned a pretty nice 17-year career for himself, winning the National League MVP award in 1979, finishing with a lifetime average of .296 and becoming known as one of the best-fielding first basemen ever, winning 11 Gold Glove awards.

    Hernandez was pretty slick in the facial-hair department as well. While his play may not have been quite worthy enough for Hall of Fame status, his mustache definitely makes it.

30. Greg Maddux: 1986-2008

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    When legendary starting pitcher Greg Maddux first broke into the majors with the Chicago Cubs back in 1986, he didn’t quite have the cache yet that he developed later in his career. His mustache actually did more of the talking than his pitching did at the time.

    Within a year or so, Maddux suddenly became good, and all of a sudden, the mustache was gone. Coincidence? I think not.

    Ironically, his brother, Texas Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux, still sports the mustache that his brother Greg once had.

29. Randy Johnson: 1988-2009

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    There should be no question whatsoever about the status of Randy Johnson’s Hall of Fame status when he’s eligible in 2014. His 303 wins rank 22nd all-time, his 4,875 strikeouts rank second only behind Nolan Ryan, and he won five total Cy Young awards, four of them consecutively (1999-2002).

    Johnson’s dominance was legendary, but so was his scary look on the mound. The 6’10” frame was menacing enough, but his looks, combined with his mustache, completed the menacing effect.

28. Bobby Grich: 1970-1986

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    There are quite a few people, writers included, who believe that second baseman Bobby Grich is one of the best players not in the Hall of Fame. Grich, who spent the last 10 years of his career with the California Angels, was selected to the All-Star team six times and won four Gold Glove awards.

    But his mustache is already in the Hall of Fame. The mustache Hall of Fame, that is. James from True Grich wrote the induction speech:

    “He led the American League in home runs in the strike-shortened season of 1981 with 22 and was known for his unbridled enthusiasm when playing the game.  His mustache reminds me of a push broom.”

27. Gene Tenace: 1969-1983

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    First baseman Gene Tenace spent the first eight years of his career in Oakland, where he was a part of the famous Oakland A’s dynasty of the mid-1970s. Tenace was teamed with other greats such as Reggie Jackson, Joe Rudi, Bert Campaneris, Vida Blue and Catfish Hunter.

    Tenace is also one of the famous Oakland A’s who made this list for his mustache. He still has two teammates left on this list who have yet to be named. Care to take any guesses? No peeking forward!

26. Cito Gaston: 1967-1978; Toronto Blue Jays Manager: 1989-1997, 2008-2010

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    Cito Gaston had a pretty good career as a ballplayer for 12 seasons, however, he gained national acclaim for his stint as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays, guiding them to back-to-back World Series championships in 1992 and 1993.

    Gaston may also have been the coolest looking manager of his time, sporting a fashionable mustache that fit him perfectly.

25. Taylor Tankersley: 2006-2010

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    Taylor Tankersley enjoyed a bit of success for the Florida Marlins in 2006 and 2007, appearing in 116 games as a reliever, striking out 95 batters in 88.1 innings. However, the following three years were absolutely abysmal for Tankersley, and he is now pitching for the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons in the New York Mets’ farm system.

    Tankersley is known, however, for bringing back the famed Fu Manchu mustache, so if he never pitches another game in the majors, he’ll at least have made one list.

24. Carl Pavano: 1998-Present

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    Last year, Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Carl Pavano spawned an entire community devoted to his mustache. On the website Twinkie Town, Pavano’s mustache, called the Pavstache, has apparently been seen all over town.

    According to Twinkie Town:

    Pavano's mustache, or Pavstache for short, has been credited by the St. Paul Police Department with solving multiple cold cases. "It's the damnedest thing," said police spokesman Paul Schnell, "One day, it just showed up in a rumpled suit, drinking coffee from a styrofoam cup, and began going through old files and making phone calls.  Next thing you know, we've got three guys in lockup."

    If you watched last night's game in HD, and you're ovulating, congratulations!  You are now pregnant with Pavstache's baby!  Please refer any questions about child support and midwifery to the Twins front office.

    I guess there’s not much else to write about in Minneapolis.

23. Eric Wedge: Manager, Seattle Mariners

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    When Eric Wedge was named the manager of the Seattle Mariners, one thing was for sure: order would be restored in the Pacific Northwest. Well, at least at Safeco Field, that is.

    Wedge promised a no-nonsense direct approach, and he has certainly delivered that so far, with disgruntled veteran Milton Bradley finding out the hard way.

    Wedge’s mustache has also become the talk of the town. Really, is there anything scarier in baseball than a manager who scowls with a mustache?

    I shiver just thinking about it.

22. Pud Galvin: 1875-1892

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    Pud Galvin, part of the real old guard of the National League, won 365 games during his career, and 46 games in back-to-back seasons. The incredible part of that fact is that in 1884, Galvin won 46 games in 72 appearances, and amassed an incredible 636.1 innings! Talk about an elastic arm.

    Galvin also had one of the famed mustaches of his generation, and both his mustache and his arm were finally elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame by the Veteran’s Committee in 1965.

21. Dave Winfield: 1973-1995

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    With 3,110 hits and 465 home runs during his 22-year career, outfielder Dave Winfield was an easy selection for baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2001.

    Throughout Winfield’s career, Winfield was also known for a mustache that always appeared to be perfectly trimmed, no matter when it was.

    Kind of reminded me of that dude from Shaft, Richard Roundtree.

20. Phil Garner: 1973-1988

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    By the time second baseman Phil Garner started playing full-time for the Oakland Athletics in 1975, he was on the tail end of the Oakland dynasty that had won three-straight championships in the previous years. Garner nonetheless fit right in with his mustache along with most of the rest of the team.

    In Garner’s later years with the Pirates and Astros, the mustache basically became bigger and bushier, as is evident in the photo with his bumblebee-yellow Pirates uniform.

    It almost looks like he could have fit right in with the cast of Pirates of the Caribbean.

19. Jason Giambi: 1995-Present

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    During Jason Giambi’s time as a member of the New York Yankees, he was literally vilified, both for his lack of production as compared to his sizable contract, and for his admission of the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

    However, he certainly tried to pull off the look with the mustache. Didn’t do much for his reputation, but he tried.

18. Rod Beck: 1991-2004

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    During Rod Beck’s days as a closer with the San Francisco Giants and Chicago Cubs, he developed a reputation as a bulldog on the mound, with a menacing scowl and great ability to close out games. When Beck retired, he had amassed 286 saves, good for 25th all-time.

    Beck also had a mean-looking Fu Manchu-style mustache, and as can be seen in the attached photo, even a picture of Beck in his uniform looked like a mug shot.

17. Ron Cey: 1971-1987

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    Ron Cey became known as “The Penguin” during his minor-league days, when manager Tommy Lasorda likened Cey’s waddling running style to that of a penguin. It worked out pretty well for Cey, however, being selected to the All-Star team six times during his career and winning the 1981 World Series MVP as well.

    Cey was also known for his signature mustache, cultivated during his days as a Dodger along with fellow mustache-wearing teammate Davey Lopes.

16. John Axford: 2009-Present

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    When closer John Axford took over last season as closer for the Milwaukee Brewers, he performed admirably, with an 8-2 record, 24 saves and a 2.48 ERA. This season, Axford is picking up where he left off last year, saving 12 games thus far with a 4.22 ERA.

    Axford apparently has been doing some studying in his spare time, as he has adopted the closer’s “look,” sporting a look eerily similar to one of his closer brethren, who will be popping up shortly on this list.

15. Steve Balboni: 1981-1993

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    To put it in a nutshell, first baseman/designated hitter Steve Balboni was basically a Dave Kingman clone. Balboni could hit some monstrous blasts, but more often than not he would whiff, leading the American League in strikeouts with 166 in 1985.

    Balboni’s lifetime batting average was seven points lower than Kingman’s, at .229. However, Balboni’s mustache was far better than Kingman’s.

14. Catfish Hunter: 1965-1979

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    Jim “Catfish” Hunter was a big part of the Oakland A’s dynasty of the early-to-mid 1970s, winning the Cy Young award in 1974 with 25 victories and a 2.49 ERA. The following season, Hunter bolted for the greener (read richer) pastures of New York, where he won 23 games in his first season with the Yankees, and helped them get back to the World Series in 1976 for the first time in 12 seasons.

    Hunter was also one of the famed Oakland A’s who sported a fierce-looking mustache. But he is not the last one on this list. So, continue reading…

13. Oscar Gamble: 1959-1985

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    Oscar Gamble played for 17 years in the majors with seven different teams, but never fully lived up to all the hype that surrounded him, with his best year coming in his only season with the Chicago White Sox, hitting 31 home runs with a .297 average.

    The one thing Gamble did become famous for was all his hair, both on top of his head and on his upper lip. Oscar looked like he could hang around with Linc from the Mod Squad.

12. Don Mattingly: 1982-1995

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    Nowadays, Don Mattingly can be seen pacing in the dugout as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and with what’s going on with their ownership situation, it’s a wonder that Mattingly still has hair.

    Mattingly didn’t have to worry about that back in the day. Known as much for his signature mustache along with being the captain of the New York Yankees, Mattingly seemingly made the mustache look stylish during his entire playing career.

11. Wade Boggs: 1982-1999

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    It would be hard to separate Wade Boggs from Don Mattingly, seeing as they were fierce competitors on the field of battle for many years together, and then together with the Yankees for three seasons.

    The two even shared a similar style of mustache, although Boggs’ version was just a bit bushier.

10. Dan Quisenberry: 1979-1990

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    For a five-year period during the mid-1980s, there was no better closer in the American League than Dan Quisenberry. Quiz was money at the end of the game during that time, placing in the top three in the Cy Young-award balloting for four-straight seasons.

    Quisenberry, who was also one of the many closers of that time who favored the hair on his upper lip, died at the age of 45 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor.

9. Jim Leyland: Manager, Detroit Tigers

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    From the time Jim Leyland made his debut as manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986 until now, he has sported the same mustache, with very little change whatsoever.

    Well, it’s a little bit greyer now. Maybe even a little yellow, with all the cigarettes he smokes.

    You can even find a Facebook page dedicated to Jim Leyland’s mustache.

8. Clay Zavada: 2009

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    Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Clay Zavada had a pretty impressive rookie campaign in 2009, being called up in mid-May, making 49 appearances and finishing his first season with an impressive 3.35 ERA.

    When spring training rolled around the following spring, Zavada struggled mightily, and he was sent down to Triple-A. After a brief period of time, Zavada was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament, requiring Tommy John surgery, and he has yet to make it back to the bigs.

    However, Zavada was clearly remembered for his remarkable look-a-like mustache.

    Does that style look familiar? Resemble someone you’re thinking of right now?

7. Dennis Eckersley: 1975-1998

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    For a man who started his career as a very good starter and ended as one of the best closers in the history of baseball, Dennis Eckersley was also a man never to mince words, or to turn down a good time for that matter.

    Eckersley would best be described as colorful, and in retirement, he hasn’t slowed down much, at least in terms of speaking his mind. Just yesterday, Eckersley blasted current Oakland A’s closer Brian Fuentes for publicly lashing out at his manager, Bob Geren, and throwing him under the bus.

    Eck was also well known for his signature mustache, and his hair which apparently drove women around him crazy. But the ‘stache is definitely high on this list.

    I still don’t think Eck’s mustache rates as high as his signature nasty slider, however.

6. Dale Berra: 1977-1987

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    Dale Berra, the son of the great Yogi Berra, never even came close to living up to his father’s name, hitting just .236 in his 11-year career. In fact, Berra became famous for the Pittsburgh drug trials in 1985.

    Berra testified that he had shared cocaine with several other members of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and was suspended for one year by then-commissioner Peter Ueberroth. Ueberroth agreed to rescind the suspension of Berra and 10 other players, as long as they donated 10 percent of their base salary to a drug program and performed at least 100 hours of community service.

    Berra did, however, have one smokin’ mustache. At least he did one thing better than his old man.

5. Ken Phelps: 1980-1990

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    Ken Phelps did not become a regular everyday player until he was 29 years with old and on his third team, the Seattle Mariners. When he finally got his chance, Phelps made the most of it, hitting 75 home runs in three seasons between 1986-1988, and becoming a fan favorite in Seattle. His plight, not playing regularly until later in his career, prompted noted author Bill James to create what he called the “Ken Phelps All-Star Team.”

    James wrote:

    Ken Phelpses are just available; if you want one, all you have to do is ask. They are players whose real limitations are exaggerated by baseball insiders, players who get stuck with a label -- the label of their limits, the label the things they can't do -- while those that they can do are overlooked... The Ken Phelps All-Stars [are] a whole teamful of guys who are wearing labels, but who nonetheless can play major-league baseball, and will prove it if they ever get the chance.

    Phelps was also famous for his trademark mustache, and refused to shave it off when he was traded to the New York Yankees, where famous owner George Steinbrenner despised facial hair.

    Source: James, Bill (1987). The Bill James Baseball Abstract 1987

4. Al Hrabosky: 1970-1982

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    For everything you have ever heard about Al “The Mad Hungarian” Hrabosky, he was actually a pretty good closer in his day, leading the National League in saves in 1975 with 22 and finishing third that year in the Cy Young award balloting.

    However, everyone knows Hrabosky for his crazy antics on the mound, and for his even crazier look, including his mustache.

3. Goose Gossage: 1972-1994

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    When Richard Michael “Goose” Gossage finally finished his 22-year career in 1994 with the Seattle Mariners, he had amassed 310 saves, 124 wins and a fabulous 3.01 ERA, and he was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 2008. Why the Hall even waited that long is a mystery.

    What isn’t a mystery, however, is Goose’s famous mutton-style mustache, which drove New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner absolutely crazy.

    In 1983, Steinbrenner directed then-manager Yogi Berra to tell Gossage that his beard had to go. In response, Gossage grew and extended his mustache even further down his jaw.

    Only in New York.

    By the way, Gossage liked the look so much, he still wears his mustache in the same style today.

2. Pete Vuckovich: 1975-1986

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    Pete Vuckovich was a pretty good starting pitcher for several years, most notably with the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers, compiling a record of 93-69 with a 3.66 ERA. Vuckovich won the American League Cy Young Award in 1982, helping the Brewers reach the World Series before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals.

    Vuckovich was also known for his somewhat bizarre behavior on the mound, unnerving batters by sticking his tongue out at them, spitting into his glove and constantly berating umpires.

    Vuckovich also had one mean-looking mustache, further adding to his ominous mound presence.

    Vuckovich also had the exact look that the producers of Major League wanted when they were looking for a surly-looking slugger for the New York Yankees.

1. Rollie Fingers: 1968-1985

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    Now, come on, was there really ever a doubt that Rollie Fingers wouldn’t be No. 1 on this list?

    At least two different players, Clay Zavada and John Axford, have tried to duplicate the look in recent years, but they’re just pretenders when it comes to the real thing.

    Nobody, but nobody, styled it quite like Rollie.


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