On baseball’s Opening Day, a little insight into its less well-known past participants: namely, the House of David baseball team, comprised of a group of celibate, devout Jewish men, who took the sport by storm in 1914:
The team traveled throughout the Midwest and East Coast providing audiences with their “barnbuster” style of play. Because teammates refused to cut their hair or shave their beards, they were prohibited from playing in the big leagues. This might have been a blessing in disguise because House of David beat just about every team they played. The team has been credited to winning over 70 percent of its games against semi-pro teams, town teams and the occasional friendly game with a MLB team.
The power of the beard! Update from a reader:
The House of David ballplayers were NOT Jewish; they were an apocalyptic Christian cult/commune.