Yesterday I asked the question "Are there more beards in baseball". Then I showed a bunch of baseball players wearing beards on 2015 baseball cards. That didn't really answer the question however. The answer is yes, there are more beard wearing players in baseball than ever, at least according to the evidence presented in baseball cards. Here's the data.
Most beards in the past seemed to me smaller and neater than today. Sure you had your full beards but they tended to look more like this.
The hair might be long and scraggly but beards were still mostly limited to goatees.
With the occasional mountain man.
Again, goatees predominate
I'm not sure what look Klesko was going for here. Some sort of muttonchops/goatee combo.
Full beard but trim.
By 2005, even Junior was sporting a beard.
Of all the beards I looked at, I only found two examples of a pure chin strap beard. Here's one.
Since I started blogging in 2008, I have a lot more cards scanned. That's why I have a lot larger sample size for 2010 and 2015.
Even in 2010, still mostly goatees.
Here's the other chin strap beard from 2010.
Of course, baseball is just a microcosm of society as a whole. Here's a New York Post article from 2014 that explains that more men then ever have beards.