Every sport has its fashions and superstitions, but perhaps nowhere else do those two combine for memorable experiments in facial hair than baseball. Most recently, 30-year-old San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum has experimented with various facial hair styles since a series of lackluster seasons after winning a Cy Young Award in 2009, but it was a mustache that saw him pitch a second no-hitter in less than a year in June, a feat that hadn’t been repeated since 1910. “I’m gonna stick with it,” he told Yahoo! Sportsback in March, three months before that game. “I’m just gonna see where it takes me.” It may not be a robust mustache, but it’s got it where it counts.
Trying to move on from a traumatic event often involves a major change: moving to a new apartment, changing jobs or taking up a new habit. For Sherlock Holmes’ partner on the BBC’s “Sherlock,” it was growing what became known as a “mournstache” after the detective faked his death in the series 2 finale. Not that Watson would admit his ’stache in any way represents his feelings – when quizzed by his fiancee about why he was shaving it off after Holmes returned and made insulting it his first order of business, he declared, “I don’t shave for Sherlock Holmes.” Yes, you can get that on a T-shirt.
He’s been the inspiration for many men’s decision to grow the facial accessory (Shortlist went as far as to call it a “moustacheterpiece.”) His ’stache made its debut on “Magnum, P.I.,” and Selleck hasn’t been without it since – CBS balked when he suggested shaving it off to play a police commissioner on “Blue Bloods.” Esquire magazine estimated that it would take five months to grow a similar one – good luck.