Charity gets cut, thanks to Mattingly's

August 20, 1991|By New York Times News Service

NEW YORK -- The now-famous locks from Don Mattingly's controversial mane found a happy and charitable home yesterday when a New York policeman paid $3,000 for them.

Tom Tumminia of Staten Island, who calls himself "a huge Yankee fan," paid $3,000 for the hair during an on-air auction by WNEW Radio. The money will go to New York City's Children's Health Fund, which provides health care to homeless children.

After Mattingly was benched last Thursday for refusing to get a haircut, Curt Chaplin, a radio sports broadcaster, approached Mattingly last Friday with the idea of saving the player's hair, when it was eventually cut, for an auction.

Mattingly agreed, and after his hair was trimmed in the New York Yankees clubhouse on Saturday afternoon by coach Carl Taylor, he saved the clippings in a cigar box. The hair was sealed in an envelope signed by Mattingly, Taylor and manager Stump Merrill, and was delivered to Chaplin before the Yankees' game with the White Sox on Sunday.

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