Throwback Photo of the Day: Celebrate the end of Movember with baby-faced Rollie Fingers
At the end of his Hall of Fame playing career, Rollie Fingers considered his iconic handlebar mustache such a vital appendage that he opted to retire, rather than sign a contract to pitch for the Reds, who would have required that he shave it off.
Even now, 30 years after his final appearance as an MLB player, if you conduct a Google image search for "Rollie Fingers," you'd have to scroll past 34 images of the mustachioed man before finding an instance when his face was bare.
So on this last day of Movember -- as you prepare to coax your razors out of hibernation -- we simply ask that you take a moment to honor the man behind the most famous mustache in the history of baseball ... and recognize that he made zero All-Star appearances, won zero World Series, won zero Cy Young Awards, won zero MVPs and accumulated just 1.7 career wins above replacement over parts of four seasons without his mustache.
With his mustache? Seven All-Star appearances, three World Series championships, an NL Cy Young Award, an NL MVP Award and a bronze bust in Cooperstown.
Now that we're thinking about it, you might want to think twice about shaving that mustache.