Eye Black

Legend has it that during a particularly sunny afternoon game in 1930, Babe Ruth decided he’d try to cut down the glare in his eyes by smearing some grease under them.

Whether or not it worked (studies to this day have found mixed results) doesn’t matter. Because since then, the practice has taken on a life of its own—sometimes resembling war paint, or inscribed with a message, or in one case resembling a handlebar mustache. So, with baseball season in full swing, we thought we’d take a closer look at the modern-day interpretations of eye black to figure out what it all means. Budding MLB stars out there might want to pull out a pen and pad to take notes…

Herewith, a handy guide on the message your eye black is sending to the world.»
 

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