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Old 01-31-2018, 03:43 PM   #1
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Default RIP OSCAR GAMBLE

Oscar Gamble, the man with baseball's best hair, dies at 68

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With a large Afro that reached eight inches tall and could barely be confined by a baseball cap or helmet, Oscar Gamble became a cult baseball hero. His memorable hair made him popular long after his playing days and among those who weren’t even born when he played for seven teams over 17 years.
But while he was best known for his hair, Gamble could play a little too. And he wasn’t afraid to speak about inequality, either, giving a Yogi Berraesque quote when asked about racism in baseball.
“They don’t think it be like it is, but it do,” he once said.
Gamble died at age 68 on Wednesday morning. A cause of death was not immediately reported.
Gamble was drafted out of Montgomery, Alabama in 1969 by the Chicago Cubs after being discovered by the great Buck O’Neil. He played his first major-league game at age 19 and would play for six additional teams over the next 17 years, making stops with the Phillies, Indians, Rangers, Padres, Yankees and White Sox.
A lefthanded hitter with power, Gamble was prized by the late-70s Yankees for his ability to put one over the short porch in old Yankee Stadium’s right field. He hit back-to-back home runs with Reggie Jackson in the fourth inning of the decisive Game 5 of the 1981 ALDS, giving the Yankees a lead they would not relinquish against the Brewers.
Gamble finished his career with a slash line of .265/.356/.454, an OPS+ of 127 and 200 career home runs. His best season came with the 1977 Chicago White Sox, hitting 31 homers for the “South Side Hitmen.”
Gamble remained a presence at Yankee Stadium Old-Timers Days, though without the trademark hair that made him a beloved baseball figure.
Gamble’s ‘Fro was never that big when he was a Yankee, of course. His hair was at its biggest during his days in Cleveland and the Yankees’ grooming policy meant that he needed to cut it down before donning pinstripes. The haircut caused Gamble to lose his endorsement with Afrosheen, but Gamble later told the Daily News that Yankees owner George Steinbrenner reimbursed him the money that was lost.
Coco Crisp later brought back the oversized afro in tribute to Gamble in 2011.And while he did a nice job with it, everyone knew that there could only be one Oscar Gamble, a true baseball original.
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Old 01-31-2018, 03:56 PM   #2
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yes rip I recall him well because I go way baaaack in MLB I started in 1946
mlb been with it ever since love it
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An 8 inch Afro, sounds like a fun guy..

Made an Impact and that is all we can hope to do in this world.
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