From sideburns symbolizing rebellion to beards that carry a massive mythology, the past proves that a man’s facial fur can take on a life of its own. So read on for MF’s take on the 13 most meaningful—or just plain memorable—sets of whiskers.
While Clyde Frazier ushered in a new look for the ‘70s that only slightly borrowed from the past, Hall-of-Famer Rollie Fingers revived an all-out classic – the handlebar mustache – as a pitcher for the Oakland As in 1972. When owner Charles O. Finley issued a challenge to his team to grow the best mustache, Fingers decided to pay homage to ballplayers of the 19th century, with the waxed-up, curled-at-the-ends style you see here. Obviously, Fingers won the bet, and decided to keep the stache for the rest of his career (life?), in what has become perhaps the most iconic piece of facial hair in sports history.