Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Oscar Gamble, a lefty-swinging hitter popularly known for the large Afro hairstyle he wore in the 1970s, died Wednesday at age 68.
Gamble’s death was confirmed by Andrew Levy, his agent. His wife, Lovell Woods Gamble, said Gamble died in Birmingham, Ala., of a rare tumor of the jaw, according to a report by The Associated Press.
Gamble played seven of his 17 Major League seasons with the Yankees, who employed him as a pull hitter who could platoon or come off the bench and take aim at the short right-field porch at Yankee Stadium, in 1976 and again from 1979-84. He hit a career-high 31 home runs for the “South Side Hitmen” White Sox in 1977 and also spent time with the Cubs, Phillies, Indians, Rangers and Padres.
His agent, Levy, had a beautiful quote about Gamble, “He was the player on the Yankees known for big hair. But those who knew him best will remember his big heart. R.I.P. Oscar Gamble.” Very sweet tribute to his client.
It was always a bit of a shame that Gamble missed out on the two World Series wins of the late 1970s.
Here’s his afro in all of its (slightly reduced when he joined the Yankees, so you can only imagine how big it was for other teams) glory…