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The Top 10 Greatest Jewish Mustaches of All-Time

In honour of Movember, we look at Jews who knew how to rock the 'stache

By: Shalom Life Team

Published: November 2nd, 2012 in Health » World

Billed as “Changing the Face of Men’s Health”, every November “Movember” sees the sprouting of facial hair under the lips of men around the world. And, it’s far from a frivolous activity, with men using their new and often unusual moustaches to raise funds and awareness for men's health, specifically prostate cancer and male mental health initiatives.

And, when it comes to facial hair, few cultures are so closely identified by beards than are the Jews, but we are a people who can also cultivate some pretty impressive hair above the ears, too. So, in honour of Movember, Shalom Life is proud to present to you, the “Top Ten Jewish Mustaches of All Time.”


The Baseball Player: Rollie Fingers – Rollie Fingers, a retired American Major League Baseball relief pitcher, had a remarkable 18-year baseball career pitching for the Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers, and becoming only the second reliever to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992. But more remarkable than that was Rollie’s incredible waxed handlebar mustache, which he originally grew in order to get a $300 bonus from the A’s owner Charles O. Finley. Here is the story, as taken from Wikipedia, behind Baseball’s most amazing mustache:

On the first day of spring training for the 1972 season, Reggie Jackson showed up with a beard. In protest, Fingers and a few other players started going without shaving to force Jackson to shave off his beard, in the belief that management would also want Jackson to shave. Instead, Finley, ever the showman who would do anything to sell tickets, then offered prize-money to the player who could best grow and maintain their facial hair until Opening Day(April 15 versus Minnesota). Fingers went all out for the monetary incentive offered by Finley and patterned his moustache after the images of the players of the late 19th century. Taking it even further, Finley came up with "Moustache Day" at the ballpark, where any fan with a moustache could get in free.

Catfish Hunter and Ken Holtzman also went for the bonus, but Fingers with his Snidely Whiplash took the prize. He would say later: "Most of us would have grown one anywhere on our bodies for $300". The players would become known as the "Moustache Gang".

Although most former A's players shaved their handlebar moustaches off after the team traded most of their players in 1975–76, Fingers maintained his after signing with the San Diego Padres as a free agent in 1977, and still has the moustache today.

At the end of his career, after being released by the Milwaukee Brewers the previous season, he was offered a contract by Pete Rose to play for the Cincinnati Reds for 1986, but owner Marge Schott had a "clean cut" policy for her players (mandating that all players must be clean shaven). Fingers's reply to Reds general manager Bill Bergesch was: "Well, you tell Marge Schott to shave her Saint Bernard, and I'll shave my moustache".

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