The hirsute All-Stars: A history of Yankee ‘staches

ST. PETERSBURG — Matt Carpenter had to hustle for his first game with the Yankees, boarding a flight that landed at Tampa International Airport about four hours before the scheduled first pitch on Thursday. But first, he knew that there would be a date with a razor.

Indeed, as Gerrit Cole once said, “If you’re a Yankee, you shave.” So Carpenter trimmed off the bushy beard that had been a staple over his decade wearing Cardinals red, leaving a mustache that bears more than a passing resemblance to the gentleman in the W.B. Mason logo.

“It’s different,” Carpenter said. “My kids didn’t recognize me when I walked out of the bathroom. I’ve got a 6- and 5-year-old at home. They’ve never seen me without a beard, so it’s a little different. But I’m here to rock it.”

The Yankees’ famed facial grooming policy began in 1973, when principal owner George M. Steinbrenner looked with disapproval upon his shaggy-haired starting lineup for an Opening Day game against Cleveland. Since then, the Yankees have largely adhered, blessing the past five decades of Bombers baseball with some impressive soup-strainers. Here are some of our favorites:

Wade Boggs (Yankees years: 1993-97)
Boggs’ mustache was an integral part of his identity, as much as his ritual of consuming chicken before every game and his claim of drinking more than 100 beers on a cross-country flight. The image of the mustachioed Boggs riding a police horse…

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