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On the first day of spring training in 1972, the Oakland A’s Reggie Jackson showed up with a beard. In protest, relief pitcher Rollie Fingers (celebrating his 65th birthday today) and other players also grew beards in hopes that Jackson would shave his. Instead, A’s owner Charlie Finley offered a cash prize to the player who could best grow (and maintain) his facial hair until opening day. Catfish Hunter and Ken Holtzman also went for the bonus, but Fingers took the prize; the players would become known as “The Moustache Gang.”

On the first day of spring training in 1972, the Oakland A’s Reggie Jackson showed up with a beard. In protest, relief pitcher Rollie Fingers (celebrating his 65th birthday today) and other players also grew beards in hopes that Jackson would shave his. Instead, A’s owner Charlie Finley offered a cash prize to the player who could best grow (and maintain) his facial hair until opening day. Catfish Hunter and Ken Holtzman also went for the bonus, but Fingers took the prize; the players would become known as “The Moustache Gang.”

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