Former Major League Baseball player Oscar Gamble died Wednesday at the age of 68, his agent, Andrew Levy, confirmed to MLB.com.
Gamble’s wife, Lovell Woods Gamble, confirmed to the Associated Press that his cause of death was a rare benign tumor of the jaw, ameloblastoma, which he was diagnosed with nine years ago. She also noted that her husband never chewed tobacco.
Gamble passed away at the UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, where he was admitted to nine days prior.
The left-handed outfielder played for seven Major League teams between 1969-1985, which included two stints with the New York Yankees (1976, 1979-84) and the Chicago White Sox (1977, 1985) during his 17-year career.
But Gamble was possibly best known for his Afro hairstyle during the 1970s, which was famously displayed on now-iconic trading cards produced throughout his career.
Gamble appeared in 1,584 total Major League games and hit for .265/.356/.454, including 200 home runs and 666 RBIs, which included a career-best 31 home runs during the 1977 season as a member of the White Sox.