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Saturday, May 19, 2007
Updated: May 20, 3:43 PM ET
A's Swisher cuts hair behind dugout for cancer

Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Steve Swisher lived millions of fathers' dreams Saturday night when he chopped off his son's unruly long hair -- and Nick Swisher let it happen for charity.

Nick Swisher


The Oakland Athletics outfielder had his locks snipped behind home plate about 45 minutes before a game against the San Francisco Giants. His father, a former big league catcher, wielded the scissors, removing three large ponytails made from the hair that fell to Swisher's shoulders while thousands of fans cheered.

Swisher's hair will be used to create a wig for cancer patients by a women's cancer research fund. Swisher's grandmother, Betty, died of brain cancer in 2005.

"This is a really great thing they're doing," said Swisher, who hadn't cut his hair for at least 10 months. "I think my dad was the one who's most excited for me to cut my hair. As long as I can make a difference in people's lives, it's great."

Swisher's appearance wasn't completely conventional afterward: The eccentric outfielder's sideburns and goatee still were shaved into creative patterns.

Swisher entered the game batting .290 with six homers and 21 RBIs.