That's right, folks — today is the birthday of the man with the biggest and best afro in MLB history: Oscar Gamble, whose tonsorial majesty both inspired Big Hair & Plastic Grass, and quite appropriately graces its cover. Celebrate in any funky way you see fit.
Dan Epstein is the author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride Through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s and Stars and Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of '76, both published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press. He writes about baseball, music and other cultural obsessions for a variety of outlets and publications. He lives in Southern California, and is available for speaking engagements.