What Your Eye Black Says About You
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.
“I am really into color coordinating.”
“Please don’t call him my makeup artist.”
“I’m Keith Hernandez.”
“I am seriously follicularly challenged in the upper-lip region.”
“Herein lies a secret message.”
“For some reason, only one of my eyes attracts glare.”
“That’s a clown question, bro.”
— Kempt Staff