On Opening Day in Oakland, A’s outfielder Reggie Jackson becomes the first player in fifty-eight years to wear a mustache during the regular season. The last time facial hair was worn in a major league game was in 1914 when Wally Schang wore mustachios catching for Philadelphia Athletics.
Portraits of members of the 1886 Detroit Wolverines around diagram of baseball diamond. Printed on image front: “The Detroit League base ball club, 1886. Chew Lorillard’s splendid plug tobacco. Copyrighted 1886 by J.H. Bufford Sons. [Hardy] Richardson, 2nd B.; Manning, L.F.; [Samuel Luther] Thompson, R.F.; Hall, C. [Charles B. ‘Lady’] Baldwin, P.; [Ned] Hanlon, C.F.; [Jack] Rowe, C. & S.S.; [Charles Wesley] Bennett, C.; [Larry] Twitchell, P.; [Dan] Brouthers, 1st B.; [James Laurie 'Deacon’] White, 3rd B. Tomlinson, photo.”
Courtesy of the Ernie Harwell Sports Collection, Detroit Public Library
In defiance of the Reds’ policy, Rollie Fingers refuses to cut off his trademark handlebar mustache and retires from baseball. The future Hall of Fame reliever, who leaves the game with 341 saves, had been offered a contract by Cincinnati’s skipper Pete Rose after being released by the Brewers at the end of last season