You can't look at Phillies righthander Vance Worley without noticing his distinctive eyewear. That got us thinking about some others in Philly sports and beyond who have made glasses trendy (and we will even include goggles).
The Penn State football coach's glasses are almost as much a signature as the hiked legs on his pants with black shoes. And two Penn State alums did pay $9,000 for a pair of Paterno's thick-rimmed specs at a charity auction last year.
We will make this an entry: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy and Kurt Rambis. Kareem and Worthy donned the goggles, while Rambis went with the dark-rimmed glasses to complement his moustache. Rambis upped it a notch with the tape across the nose piece. Abdul-Jabbar wore the goggles since his cornea was scratched in a game at UCLA, and they became almost as big a trademark as his sky hook.
The Sixers' star began sporting black-rimmed glasses reminiscent of Steve Urkel in 2009. Of course, he only wears them off the court.
Not surprisingly, Allen's glasses changed with the times, just as he did. As a young player in the 1960s, he wore the thin black rims. By the 1970s, he was sporting the larger, aviator-style with the gold rims. He is the first American League MVP to wear glasses (1972).
We had to go with one fictional character on the list, and the obvious choice is the "Wild Thing" from the Cleveland Indians of "Major League" fame played by Charlie Sheen. When you add in the hairdo, he kinda reminds you of Worley.
No surprise that the star reliever from the Whiz Kids started as a teacher and ended up in academia at Hartwick College as athletic director after his career. With his round glasses, he looked like the part. Konstanty appeared in a then-major league record 74 games in 1950, with 16 wins and an NL-best 22 saves.
The 1970s trio of minor league hockey players Jeff and Steve Carlson and David Hanson for the Charlestown Chiefs became Jeff, Steve and Jack Hanson in the iconic movie "Slap Shot." All wore black-rimmed glasses with white tape.
The gold-rimmed aviators were part of Mr. October's charm, but he told Sports Illustrated in 1981 that his ophthalmologist told him his eyesight was 20/15. "He said my eyesight was better than perfect," said Jackson, "and that I didn't even need glasses."
His tinted glasses were just another part of his mystique as the wise master of the Broad Street Bullies championship teams of the mid-1970s.
Keeping it local, we will go with Dawson, a 6-1 freshman reserve guard on Villanova's 1985 NCAA championship team. Dawson wore the black-rimmed, round style as he mostly watched from the bench.