Baseball in the 1970s was full of colorful characters. Take Dave "The Cobra" Parker, outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, 7-time All-Star, admitted cocaine user. In 1978, Parker entered the game looking like this
There was a reason for the mask. Earlier that year, Parker suffered a broken jaw. Wanting to return to the playing field faster, he started to wear the mask. Were opponents frightened? It's possible. Parker did win the National League MVP that year, so it couldn't have hurt.
The mask was not the only strange thing Parker wore during games. He was one of the first players to wear jewelry on the field. And among that jewelry was... the Star of David.
No, Parker wasn't exactly Jewish himself. His explanation was pretty clear: "my name is David, and I'm a star."
That's one way to put it...