Dale Earnhardt: Was he a Don Mattingly or Rollie Fingers lookalike?
Dale Earnhardt was just beginning to make a name for himself in NASCAR in 1981, but his mustache already was becoming legendary.
His son, Dale Earnhardt Jr., took note of it with a throwback picture of his dad with Glenn Jarrett from when they made an appearance at a baseball game that year. Junior posted the photo on Twitter and noted that the two appeared to be having a discussion about “how pathetic everyone else’s mustaches are.”
To put it in the proper time frame, this photo was taken shortly after Earnhardt won the first of what would be a record seven NASCAR Premier Series championships. That remains tied with fellow NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty and current driver Jimmie Johnson, who just won his seventh title, for the most of all time.
Glenn Jarrett & dad were dead ringers for Rollie Fingers & Mattingly in 1981. Here they discuss how pathetic everyone else's mustaches are. pic.twitter.com/eDVDHhvjlz
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) January 2, 2017
The ‘staches sported by the elder Earnhardt and Jarrett, future NASCAR champion Dale’s older brother and a son of yet another Hall of Famer in New Jarrett, were indeed spectacular.
But were they really dead ringers for two of Major League Baseball’s stars at the time: pitcher Rollie Fingers, then with the Milwaukee Brewers, and New York Yankees slugger Don Mattingly?
Well, you be the judge. Their pictures are below.