Today the Arizona Daily Star has a lovely little feature on Bill Hohn, who has umpired major-league baseball games for 18 seasons and is now rehabbing in Tucson after injuries stalled his career.
From the Daily Star:
In the last two years, he has had three surgeries to repair herniated disks in his lower back and the sciatic nerve in his left hip. Hohn, a 52-year-old native of Butler, Pa., missed most of 2007.
During his comeback, he has spent the last seven days on a rehabilitation stint at Tucson Sidewinders games. He is expected to return to the major leagues Friday in Atlanta.
Hohn’s is a feel good story. But his is a look bad face. Behold:
I don’t know what is going on here. It’s more than a mustache, but less than a Fu Manchu. And apparently this is nothing new:
I suppose he has good reason grow the ‘stache. After all, umps need to look tough. If I was an ump, I’d want to look like as much of a hard ass as possible. But somebody needs to tell Hohn that the the secret to a successful Fu Manchu is uniformity. The hairs above the lip and along the sides of the mouth need to be the same length. This party on top (lip) and business on the sides look is not good.
Pay attention, Bill. This is how it’s done:
Ahhh. Now that’s some truly fortunate facial hair.