Honorable mention in this category goes to erstwhile St. Louis police chief Joe Mokwa for sporting the ultimate cop 'stache. But Cardinals catcher Jason LaRue is in a facial-hair league of his own. As the Cardinals' fortunes rose and fell this season, LaRue's untamed horseshoe shone like a beacon of masculinity above and around his upper lip. He grew that 'stache like he played ball: with abandon. Combined with his business in the front, party in the back hairdo, LaRue and his moustache presented a persona with which every blue-blooded hoosier from Potosi to the Ozarks could identify. It also kind of made him looked like Thurman Munson's redheaded stepchild, the kind of guy who packs a twelve-pack of Natty Light along with his catcher's mitt. In other words, he was the ultimate backup backstop.
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