Thursday, June 19, 2008

Sports Hair of the Week

Queue up the Shaft music because here comes the man, the myth, the legend, the one and only Oscar Gamble! The greatest 'fro is sports history takes home the honorary RV99 Sports Hair of the Week Award for his annual contributions at Yankees Old Timer's Day and more importantly, simply for being awesome. Properly nicknamed "The Big O" by Yankee legend Phil Rizzuto, Gamble paraded around the bases for 17 seasons from 1969-1985, a career that spanned three decades in the big leagues with seven different ball clubs - the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees on two separate occasions, as well as the Chicago Cubs, Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, San Diego Padres, and Texas Rangers. Gamble, whose hitting prowess was overshadowed by his famously large Afro hair, has the distinction of logging the last hit and RBI at Philadelphia's Connie Mack Stadium on October 1, 1970. His 10th-inning single gave the Phillies the 2-1 win in the stadium's final game. Gamble also finished an impressive career with more career walks (610) than strikeouts (546). For all the reasons stated above, Oscar Charles Gamble will always remain in the hearts of New York baseball fans and hopefully one day will proudly display his Hair of the Week prestigious award on his freshly waxed mantle.

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