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Shorebirds Getting Ready for Mustache May

Staff, players and coaches will grow mustaches to Strike Out Hunger
April 27, 2011
Salisbury, Md. - The Delmarva Shorebirds, the class "A" affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, are getting ready to execute "Mustache May" with the goal of raising money to help the "Strike Out Hunger" campaign. All Shorebirds staff members plus select Shorebirds players and coaches will grow mustaches for the entire month of May. Fans will be asked to vote on the best mustache and all the money raised will benefit the "Strike Out Hunger" initiative. The Shorebirds will announce additional events and promotions surrounding Mustache May shortly.

On Saturday, April 30, all Shorebirds staff members and select Shorebirds players and coaches will shave their facial hair in preparation for the promotion. Then, let the growing begin. The rules of "Mustache May" are detailed below:

  • Participants cannot shave the mustache area for the entire month of May
  • Participants can trim the mustache around the lip area
  • The mustache cannot connect down by the chin
  • The "Foo-Man-Choo" is the only acceptable look for the promotion that extends to the chin
  • There is no artificial coloring of the mustache
  • Participants cannot fully shave the mustache until May 31st at midnight

"I haven't had a clean shaven face in 13 years, so I'm excited to get Mustache May rolling," said Shorebirds general manager Chris Bitters. "I really hope that fans get excited about this promotion because all the money will help end hunger locally."

The Shorebirds will post weekly picture updates of select staff members, players and coaches on our website, and through the Shorebirds Facebook and Twitter pages. In addition, mustache updates will be posted throughout the ballpark and on the video board each night.

Furthermore, the Shorebirds are planning on handing out fake mustaches at the front gate and encouraging fans to participate in growing mustaches to raise money for a great cause.

The Strike Out Hunger campaign, which will continue until the June 21 South Atlantic League (SAL) All-Star game, is focused on raising food donations and funds, and encouraging volunteer efforts to benefit the Eastern Shore Branch of the Maryland Food Bank, the Food Bank of Delaware and the Eastern Shore Branch of the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia.

For more information, contact the Shorebirds at 410-219-3112.


Delmarva Shorebirds
The Delmarva Shorebirds are the Class "A" Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. The Shorebirds are owned by 7th Inning Stretch, L.P., the same company that owns the Stockton Ports of the California League and the Everett AquaSox of the Northwest League. The Shorebirds are the proud hosts of the 2011 South Atlantic League "Strike Out Hunger" All-Star Game presented by Perdue. The game will be contested on June 21, 2011. For more information, call the Shorebirds at 410-219-3112.

The Shorebirds are celebrating 16-years of professional baseball on the Eastern Shore. During the 2009 season, the Shorebirds finished with an average attendance of 3,567 fans, the largest average since the 2002 season. In 2007, The Shorebirds had the top attendance based on market size in Minor League Baseball(tm), according to Sports Business Journal (Aug. 2008). In 2010, more than 6,000 fans packed Arthur W. Perdue Stadium nine times including a season high of 8,993 fans on August 7th.

The Shorebirds were established in 1996 by an investor team headed by legendary chicken company owner, the late Frank Perdue. The Shorebirds have called Arthur W. Perdue home ever since. For more information about the Delmarva Shorebirds call 410-219-3112 or visit