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Former Cub Oscar Gamble dies at 68

The outfielder’s hairstyle made him famous in the 1970s.

Oscar Gamble, who was drafted and began his career with the Cubs but later became more known for his huge Afro hairstyle and who eventually played 17 big-league seasons for six other teams, has passed away at the age of 68.

Reading that former #Yankees OF/DH Oscar Gamble has died at the age of 68. Perhaps forgotten, Gamble was discovered by Buck O’Neil when he was scouting for the #Cubs, who drafted him in the 16th round of the 1968 draft.
Our condolences to the Gamble family. #RIPOscar pic.twitter.com/ZG6ISbyqzY

— Gotham Baseball (@GothamBaseball) January 31, 2018

Gamble was the Cubs’ 16th-round pick in the June 1968 draft, as noted in the tweet above, recommended to the team by legendary scout Buck O’Neil. After just a bit more than one full year in the Cubs’ system, he was called up to the big-league team in late August 1969, largely because the system was so bereft of talent and the team becoming increasingly desperate to win the pennant race they eventually lost that he was just about the only option they had to try to …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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