Happy 50th Birthday, Donnie Baseball

                                            

Donald Arthur Mattingly was born on April 20, 1961 in Evansville, Indiana. He was 21 years old when he debuted for the New York Yankees on September 8, 1982. Don, nicknamed "Donnie Baseball" and "The Hit Man," played his entire 14-year baseball career for the New York Yankees as their star left-handed first baseman. Mattingly was considered one of Major League Baseball's best first basemen throughout the 1980s, winning the Gold Glove Award nine times for this fielding and a spot on the American League All-Star team each year from 1984-1989.

                                            

Mattingly finished his career with 2,153 hits, 222 home runs, 1,099 RBI, and a .307 lifetime average. He is commonly referred to as the best Yankee player to have never played in a World Series.  On August 31, 1997, the New York Yankees retired his number 23 and dedicated his plaque for Monument Park at Yankee Staduim.

After his playing career, Mattingly served as a hitting coach for the New York Yankees from 2004-2006, then their bench coach in 2007. In 2008, Mattingly left the Yankees and joined manager Joe Torre with the Los Angeles Dodgers to serve as the team's hitting coach. He remained the Dodger's hitting coach until the 2010 off-season at which time it was announced he would replace the retiring Torre as the next manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

                                            

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