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Oscar Gamble (1949 – 2018), baseball slugger hit 200 home runs

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By: kfox

Published: 10 months ago

Oscar Gamble, baseball slugger who was known for his big hair, has died at the age of 68, according to multiple news sources. 

MLB.com and Gamble’s agent, Andrew Levy, announced his passing. His second wife, Lovell Woods Gamble, told the Associated Press that he died of a rare tumor of the jaw.

Gamble had a long career in Major League Baseball, playing outfielder and designated hitter from 1969 until 1985. He played for seven different teams but is probably best remembered for his two stints with the New York Yankees. 


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Gamble was known for his unusual left handed swing, smashing 200 home runs during his career with a batting average of .265. 

The best season of his career came in 1977 with the Chicago White Sox. He hit 31 home runs and had 83 RBI’s. 

He came up to the Majors in 1969 with the Chicago Cubs. In addition to the Cubs, Sox, and Yankees, he played with the Indians, Phillies, Padres, and Rangers. 

Gamble was also known for sporting a large afro haircut. At one time, he had an advertising deal with Afro Sheen. 

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