Great Men who don Great Beards can be found in all walks of life. However, there are certain professions where Bearded Men can be frowned upon. One such profession is that of professional baseball player. Throughout the long history of baseball, team owners have preferred their players to be clean shaven. It wasn’t until 1970 that two MLB players even grew mustaches!
But in 1981, this Great Man grew a full, rugged, manly Beard of Greatness.
Bruce Sutter was one of MLB’s dominant relief pitchers in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. He is the first pitcher known to effectively throw a Split Fingered Fastball. He led the National League in Saves five times, won the Cy Young Award, and retired with 300 Career Saves, which was the third most in history at the time.
Bruce Sutter’s Greatness was recognized by Baseball’s Hall of Fame, where his plaque proudly depicts his Great Bearded Face.