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Oscar Gamble
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Baseball Player
    (December 20, 1949-January 31, 2018)
    Born in Ramer, Alabama
    Outfielder/designated hitter for the Chicago Cubs (1969), Philadelphia Phillies (1970-72), Cleveland Indians (1973-75), New York Yankees (1976,1979-84), Chicago White Sox (1977,1985), San Diego Padres (1978) and Texas Rangers (1979)
    .265 career batting average
    200 home runs
    666 RBIs
    He was nicknamed ‘The Big O’ by Phil Rizzuto, although at 5’11 and 165 pounds, he was not particularly big by Major League standards.
    He had an unusual batting stance in which his crouch was so deep that his back was almost parallel to the ground.
    He was considered a sub-par fielder, so a third of his games were as a designated hitter.
    He boasted, ‘When I’m at bat, I’m in scoring position.’
    Early in his career, he was better known for his gigantic afro than his playing ability.
    His afro was so large it made putting on his cap difficult.
    He batted left handed.
    When he signed with the Yankees, George Steinbrenner made him trim the afro.
    The haircut cost him an endorsement deal with Afro-Sheen. (Fortunately for him, Steinbrenner agreed to pay him the money Afro-Sheen would have.)
    He later said about the afro, ‘I didn’t know how famous it would get. A lot of people were wearing them.’
    He was a favorite with New York sportswriters for his quotability.
    He famously said about the circus-like atmosphere surrounding the Yankees, ‘They don’t think it be like it is, but it do.’

Credit: C. Fishel

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