Meet Mrs. Juanita Gamble; she is the loving and beautiful wife of Oscar Gamble, the amazing MLB outfielder who back in the 70’s and mid 80’s played with the Cubs, Phillies, Yankees, White Sox, Padres, and Rangers. Oscar was 68 when he died on January 31, 2018.
Juanita’s husband was known for his wild afro hair and a long career in the MLB. His baseball card remains iconic due to him being the owner of possibly the largest afro in baseball history.
The Alabama native, was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 1968.
In 17 seasons from 1969 through 1985, Gamble appeared in 1,584 games and batted .265, with 200 home runs and 666 RBIs. In 1974 and 1977, he ranked in the top 10 in slugging in the American League playing for the Indians and the White Sox, respectively. Gamble hit a career-high of 31 home runs and 83 RBIs while playing for the White Sox in 1977.
The left-handed pull hitter also played seven seasons over two stints in The Bronx, including two American League pennants in 1976 and 1981. Meet his wife, Juanita in her top facts below.
#1 Her afro was bigger than his
Juanita Gamble and her husband were one of the power couples back in the day. The two were at the top of their games in 1972.
#2 She sang the national anthem
Juanita Gamble was once invited to sing the national anthem in 1974 during a baseball game.
#3 She ran the Oscar Gamble’s Players Club
Juanita Gamble is listed as one of the principal at the Oscar Gamble’s Players Club –a disco joint opened by Oscar in Montgomery, Alabama following his retirement.
#4 She was a mother
Oscar is the father of at least two children including son, Sean –who was a player in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.
#5 They divorced
At some point the couple went their separate ways and Oscar was remarried. Current wife, Lovell Woods Gamble, said the former MLB star died at UAB Hospital in Birmingham following a nine-year-battle with cancer.
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