NBA player Kevin Durant wears his eyeglasses with a prescription out of necessity.
NBA player Lebron James wears his without a prescription for a fashion statement.
MLB player Josh Hamilton states he wears his sunglasses for hitting out of necessity. He claims the bright sunshine decreases his ability to see a baseball during day time games and causes his batting average to decline. He's ditched them since and a recent study seems to find the statistics are a wash between night and day games for blue eyed hitters.
MLB player Freddie Freeman couldn't wait to get his new glasses so he could see to play. That sounds like necessity to me.
So, who was the first MLB player to wear eye glasses?
Will White was the first to wear eye glasses in major league baseball from the years 1878-86. He was a pitcher. (I've noticed the majority of the professional baseball players that I've help with contacts are pitchers. That's not a professional study, just an observation. Read See To Play to learn more).
Specs Toporcer was the first non pitcher to wear glasses in the 1920's while he played for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Growing up as an eye glass wearer and a Cincinnati Reds fan, one of my favorite spectacle wearing players of all times is Chris Sabo. He was a part of the World Series Champions in 1990. (Click here to see the cool goggles that were available on the market at the time when he played.)
And of course, who can forget that Mr October, Reggie Jackson, wore glasses as well!
I'll end this blog on one last note. An elephant in a North Carolina zoo had cataract surgery and may wear contact lenses. Wow! I hear the questions starting now:
Nerd or Necessity?
What elephant started the trend?
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