Before he was donned "The Hit Man" or "Donnie Baseball", Donald Arthur Mattingly was one of the top prospects in the nation in 1979. Born and raised in Evansville, Indiana, Mattingly played ball at Reitz Memorial High School. He signed a letter of intent with Indiana State University before entering the draft. For this reason most Major League Baseball teams avoided drafting him. The New York Yankees were willing to take a chance and drafted Mattingly in the 19th round of the 1979 amateur draft. This risk would be one of the best the Yankees would take.
Mattingly played most of his rookie season as a part-time first basemen and outfielder. At 21 years of age he made his Major League debut on September 8, 1982.
"Donnie Baseball" remains a fan favorite till this day, playing 13 years for the Yankees (1982 - 1995) and coaching for three (2004 - 2007), although he never won a World Series.