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Rollie Fingers kept handlebar mustache after all

OAKLAND, Calif. — Rollie Fingers figured he would have shaved his signature handlebar mustache by now. He claims he almost did once after losing both games of a doubleheader before changing his mind.

He even had a razor in hand that day. Fingers lost twice at Minnesota on Sept. 11, 1972.

The Hall of Fame closer had big motivation to first grow his facial hair 40 years ago: a $300 offer from then-Oakland Athletics owner Charlie Finley to every player who grew one to start the season.

Fingers, speaking Friday as the A's began a two-day celebration of their first World Series team from 1972 on the 40-year anniversary, chose his 'stache shape to be different. He regularly sports rings from his first World Series and the Hall of Fame.