Jerry Summers on Lewis Grizzard – Men’s Hairdryer
There is still controversy over who was the first macho athlete in professional sports to succumb to the use of a hair dryer in the locker room.
Some advocates claim it was ‘Charlie Hustle’ Pete Rose of the Cincinnati Reds baseball team who first lost his flat Brylcreem haircut and let his locks grow out to the point that he had to blow dry his mane and dose it with a shampoo that “smells like blooming apricots.
Another view, held by supporters over the Mason-Dixon line, was that it was New York Yankees first baseman Joe Pepitone who was responsible for the haircut’s disappearance. flat that immediately led to a rapid decline in Brylcreem’s stock value as an oily relic of the past.
Grizzard not only discusses the electrical device above, but also delves into the effect on America’s male population by Alabama and New York Jets star quarterback Joe Namath lying down in a TV commercial scantily clad in a pair of tights. Clearly, this had positive results among his followers and his “Broadway Joe” image during his career in the Big Apple. No comments from his trainer Paul “Bear” Bryant of the Crimson Tide on Joe’s underwear were found for this article.
Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer of the Baltimore Orioles must also be mentioned as a promoter of the business value of a national network advertising agency, as he was dressed in a pair of underwear. Fitted and fitted Jockey shorts. Due to the passage of time, statistics are not available on whether Joe or Jim were responsible for the highest viewership ratings for their public display of their masculinity.
There are also no statements available from the fiery Orioles manager during Palmer’s playing career, Carl Weaver, as to whether the tightly bound shorts hurt his right-handed ace in his six World Series appearances. 1966 to 1983. Although he won four of those games, it is unclear if his losses in 1969 and 1979 were somehow caused by his throwing motion being altered by fitted clothes.
Grizzard in the published number eleven bestseller, “When My Love Comes Back from the Ladies’ Room, I’ll Be Too Old to Care” (1987) discusses the above topics of athletes regarding baseball lockouts during from spring training, college students and college students, NCAA grades and probation criteria, and Howard Cosell, etc.
Although written thirty-five (35) years ago, the content of this writing still produces belly laughs just like its ten (10) other printed predecessors.
* * *
You can reach Jerry Summers at [email protected])