Ron Cey, Former Major League Baseball Player

On November 20, 2008, by AMI Staff

As much as it might pain us to admit it, the most notable physical trait about this month’s interviewee might not be his mustache, although both impressive and fear-inducing in its own right.

Instead, it might be his distinctive running gait, which earned him the nickname “The Penguin” from his former manager, Hall-of-Famer Tommy Lasorda.

Of course, we’re talking about Ron Cey, who in 17 major league seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, and Oakland Athletics amassed a resume that was highlighted by six All-Star selections, a World Series Co-MVP honor in 1981, and 316 lifetime home runs just to name a few.

Among the topics discussed were the major differences between Cey’s era and that of today, getting plunked in the head during the 1981 World Series by arguably the greatest baseball mustache of all time in New York Yankees closer Goose Gossage, and how the baseball and mustache-loving public was deprived of what could have been the most heavily mustached World Series matchup of all time in 1984 between the Cubs and the Detroit Tigers.

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