A reader sent in an article about the New York Yankees policy of not allowing players to have long hair or beards. Part of the article is as follows:
“There are times when Yankee general manager Brian Cashman has to be the bad cop. He marches through the Yankee locker room, and when he notices a player violating what has become one of the Yankees’ most notorious, and idiosyncratic, team rules, he lets them know—though he tries to be subtle about it.
“I have to go around to guys every now and then and keep them honest,” Cashman said. “The line I usually use, I ask them, ‘Is your rotator cuff OK?’ And they say, ‘Huh? Yeah. Why?'”
“And I say, well, obviously you’re having trouble getting that razor up to your face. So I figured you’re having shoulder problems,” Cashman said.
Since the reign of George Steinbrenner, the Yankees have famously prohibited their players from wearing facial hair beyond mustaches, and from growing their hair long. In the 1970s, the shave-up-or-ship-out policy was part of an effort to keep the hairy, wild members of the “Bronx Zoo” World Series teams in check.
As the Yankees evolved into all-business squads full of veterans who pitch high-priced Movado watches but avoid barroom brawls, the policy has become symbolic of the team’s corporate nature and attitude.
It has also given some players pause about joining the Yankees. This week, Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price, a noted free spirit, told Fox Sports that he wouldn’t sign a long-term deal with the Yankees, or any team, that had a policy like that.”
Wanna bet Mr. Price will consider a close shave when he sees $100,000,000 hanging in front of his furry face?
So of course I had to go to the internet to find a picture of the House of David baseball team. They House of David was a religious sect that started in Benton Harbor, Michigan in the early 1900’s. In addition to occasional under age poligamy accusations they had a famous barn storming baseball team that took on all comers.