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Over here, ESPN have been showing some classic Monday Night Football games. I was watching them play the 1978 Oilers Dolphins game, and there is Bob Griese playing NFL football wearing glasses. I guess a few baseball players and holders and the odd tennis player has wore specs. But can anyone think of any other unlikely bespectacled sportsmen?

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You're talking about actual glasses, right? Like not sports goggles?

Certainly can't remember many in the NBA other than Kurt Rambis, but I think those were more sports-goggly.

A bunch of guys used to in the MLB. For some reason, Tom Henke comes to mind.

The most recent player I remember wearing actual glasses was in the '90s was Orestes Destrade.

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Jimmy B!


As someone who wears glasses, I went without them for soccer but kept them on in lacrosse. A lot of lacrosse goalies (at least at the high school level) preferred wearing glasses over contacts when I was playing (I was an attackman FWIW).

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Not glasses, technically, but the first person I thought of was Chris Sabo and his Rec-Specs. (Great minds, DG.... :D )

On topic, however, I remember that quite a few of the Angels' World Series-winning bullpen wore the yellow shades.


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I really thought Scot Shields did, too, but I can't seem to find a shot of it.

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