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It was the sight of the league's best player -- a player whose potent bat and massive physical presence already struck fear into the opposition -- looking even more intimidating than usual.

The year was 1978 and the player was Dave Parker of the Pirates, who would be named the league's MVP at the season's conclusion.

That one will have the Thai (Hindu) monkey God Hanuman on the front.

I’m very excited about that, because I’m very familiar with that kind of image, having Indonesian ancestry from my mother’s side and having seen similar masks and Wayang puppets in Indonesian restaurants in Holland as I grew up.

I love the idea of taking an indigenous mask as inspiration for a goalie mask. Now I’m thinking Ethiopian tribal mask in honor of the birth family of my adopted son.

Thirty years ago this month, an odd sight began appearing in National League ballparks.

I’ve never thought about it, but, maybe something not too crazy.

Do you ever get jealous of the goalies because they get to design their own masks?

Red Eye fought through the mass of media covering this series to ask these all-important questions to a few Blackhawks players who don’t have a cool mask parked in their locker stall. And they've answered my intermission questions throughout the playoffs--no matter how silly they are. JOAKIM NORDSTROM, FORWARDIf you guys wore masks like the goalies, what would you put on yours? I’ve actually never thought about it, but looking at goalie masks, usually they have something that represents the team they’re playing for. obviously, he’s from Chicago, so he has some things from Chicago.

That would be great, but everybody has to do it if I’m going to do it.

Although a goalie is part of a team, it is also very much an individual position.

The "Friday the 13th" movies didn't yet exist in 1978, but Parker was already perfecting the art of masked menace.

It marked the beginning of a bizarre chapter in uniform history, a summerlong series of creative headgear experiments that had opposing teams asking, "Who was that masked man?

Red Eye fought through the mass of media covering this series to ask these all-important questions to a few Blackhawks players who don’t have a cool mask parked in their locker stall. And they've answered my intermission questions throughout the playoffs--no matter how silly they are. JOAKIM NORDSTROM, FORWARDIf you guys wore masks like the goalies, what would you put on yours? I’ve actually never thought about it, but looking at goalie masks, usually they have something that represents the team they’re playing for. obviously, he’s from Chicago, so he has some things from Chicago.

That would be great, but everybody has to do it if I’m going to do it.

Although a goalie is part of a team, it is also very much an individual position.

The "Friday the 13th" movies didn't yet exist in 1978, but Parker was already perfecting the art of masked menace.

It marked the beginning of a bizarre chapter in uniform history, a summerlong series of creative headgear experiments that had opposing teams asking, "Who was that masked man?

But there was a slight detour on the way to that award, and it came in the form of a home plate collision with Mets catcher John Stearns on June 30.