There was a happy surprise at Fans for the Cure’s virtual headquarters the other day when Baseball Hall of Famer and our charity’s official Mustache Mentor, Rollie Fingers, dropped in to lend support to our annual November awareness initiative.
November is Men’s Health Awareness Month. It is also the time of year when Fans for the Cure undertakes its Movember initiative, where men grow mustaches (or at least stop shaving) for a month to bring attention to the importance of getting screened for prostate cancer.
Calling in from his home in Nevada, Rollie covered a range of mustache-related issues with Fans for the Cure founder and SiriusXM host, Ed Randall. One fun fact was that his trademark handlebar mustache came about as the result of a $300 bonus offered as part of a promotion hatched by A’s owner, Charles O. Finley in 1972.
As it turned out, 1972 was also the year that the A’s began their three-year run as World Series champions. Rollie Fingers saved eight of the twelve wins in those Fall Classics, winning the MVP of the World Series in 1974.
Thanks to Rollie for a funny and engaging discussion about two of our favorite topics -- mustaches and baseball.