Re: Should The Reds Go Back To The Clean Shaven Look?
Jim Kern began growing a beard in 1982 because he wasn't happy, and he wanted to try to force the Reds' hand. (He was well-known for an Amish-style beard when he played for the Indians and Rangers in the 70's.) The Reds promptly traded him to the White Sox for Wade Rowden and Leo Garcia.
I remember that Dave Parker voluntarily shaved off his beard and moustache before the press conference announcing that he had signed with the Reds. When he was asked about his new look, Parker responded that the club's policy was well-known, and he made the gesture to show that he wanted to be a part of the Reds organization.
The Reds and Rollie Fingers were said to have had a mutual interest some time in the the 80's, but Fingers insisted on keeping his handle-bar moustache. The Reds said no, and the two sides parted ways and never came to an agreement.
When the Reds signed Jeff Reardon in the early 90's, he reluctantly shaved his beard and moustache. He wasn't crazy about it, but he did it because it was a team rule.
Greg Vaughn insisted on keeping his goatee when he joined the Reds, because "his kids had never seen him without it." The Reds relented. (Interestingly enough, Reardon had tried this same argument six years before, with less favorable results.)
Last edited by Big Klu; 08-12-2004 at 08:42 PM.