Grand Cards: A Champion's Stache: #13 Lance Parrish

Monday, August 24, 2009

A Champion's Stache: #13 Lance Parrish

In light of my newfound commitment to the greater good that is the collective power of Michigan fans growing mustaches for the September 5th opening game, I thought it best to recall a time 25 years ago when Mustaches led our own Detroit Tigers to their last World Series Championship

Up to this point, the mightily mustached 1984 Tigers have consisted of a rookie, some guys who weren't even on the team, and three of the five starting pitchers. With the starters aside, is it any surprise that these mustaches have rated lowest in the bunch? In history, mustaches have been a sign of military rank, battle-tested strength and prowess. As we move up the list, then, it is no surprise that we have our first starting position player.

1984 Topps #640 Lance Parrish

1984 was the third of five consecutive All Star seasons for Lance, and was the season in which he won the second of three consecutive gold gloves. He belted 33 home runs in '84 with 98 RBIs, but batted only .234 during the championship season. I always liked Lance. He was one of a handful of players on the 1984 team whose career I followed throughout my own collecting days, even though he was a California Angel at the time. A great catcher in his day, if not underrated as time goes on, we see here a man who's mustache is both powerful and understated like the man himself.

1 comment:

  1. Loving this series. Absolutely breathtaking, and inspiring. I would grow my own mustache, were it not thin.