One of the first athletes known to wear eye black was Babe Ruth, who figured a little axle grease under each eye would reduce glare from the sun. Ruth was also known to wear iced cabbage leaves under his hat to stay cool in the summer (baseball uniforms were made from wool until the 40s, so this made a lot of sense). He also once reportedly ate 12 hot dogs and drank eight bottles of soda between the games of a double header. While wearing vegetables and eating a few pounds of processed hog jowls are frowned upon practices in modern sports, Ruth's grease trick remains popular today -- because it really works. Any baseball or football player costume is improved with a little eye black. Our Franklin Sports Eye Black is the real deal, just what the pros would wear, so it's as useful to have for your costume as it is for when you play pick-up games with your pals.