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Eye Black

Why do baseball players put those black stripes under their eyes?
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And why don't they have them on at every game?  If you've noticed, sometimes players put them on and other games they don't...

Turns out it's functional.  And it's called eye black.

It is a grease that helps to reduce light glare.  This includes sun or light glare.  Apparently, Babe Ruth was one of the first baseball players to start wearing the grease.  Now, it's also common to see anti-glare face strips to serve the same purpose.

This would make sense that they only need to wear it in certain stadiums in certain situations so not all the time.

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  1. I totally asked my grandma this when I started watching baseball seven (eight?) years ago. And she didn't know so I looked it up too!

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