baseball mustaches

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

February 21, 1986

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

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