June 19, 2018

NATS: Collin Balester and His Mustache

**Updated: Winner of 2011 Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year is John Axford of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Washington Nationals Relief Pitcher Collin Balester grew a mustache last offseason and it drew a lot of attention. Enough attention to get it’s own Twitter account-StacheOBally.

Balester is a finalist for the “2011 Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year.”  According to the website, The Goulet award is NOT A BEST MUSTACHE CONTEST but recognizes the person who best-represents or contributes to the Mustached American community over the past year. There is some tough competition, however, there is no reason that Bally can’t win this award with the support from NatsTown. The winner will be named on October 28 so vote now!

“In the 1970s and early 80s, Major League Baseball — aside from broadcast news and the pornography industry — was perhaps the most fertile ground for Mustached Americana. Then, like most of America, baseball went bare, at least until the past five years when we’ve seen a revival of lip sweatering league-wide. Washington Nationals pitcher Collin Balester has been at the forefront of this revival, working to cultivate a flavor saving climate across MLB and leveraging his “Dirty ‘Staches” Movember team to encourage other players to grow mouth shading devices for charitable purposes.”


Collin Balester's Mustache in September 2010 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

Collin Balester is also motivated to “change the face of men’s health” and is participating for his second year in “Movember.” Balester is also offering items to his Twitter followers for donating to his Movember campaign. Follow Bally on Twitter for updates.

The month formerly known as November is a moustache growing charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men’s health.” 


Collin Balester pitching at Nationals Park in 2011 (Photo by Cheryl Nichols)

About Cheryl Nichols

Cheryl Nichols is a Columnist and Photographer for District Sports Page. She is credentialed to cover the Washington Capitals and has reported on the community service and fan events since 2006. Cheryl has been published in The Washington Post and many other local media. She was a credentialed photographer for the 2010 season covering the Washington Nationals. You can follow her on Twitter @cnichols14.

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