Don Mattingly

Don Mattingly


4/20/1961, Evansville, Indiana

Birth Name

Donald Arthur Mattingly


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Don Mattingly is one of the best known baseball players to play for the New York Yankees. He played first base for them for a number of years in the 1980s and 1990s. He was always known for his hitting, and even gained the nickname "The Hitman." He…more


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  • Trivia

    • Don's first game was September 8, 1982, and his final game was October 1, 1995.

    • Don's wife is named Kim.

    • Don and his wife have three sons: Taylor Patrick (3/17/85), Preston Michael (8/28/87), and Jordon William (7/23/91).

    • Don weighs 200 pounds.

    • Don is six feet tall.

    • On Don, Dwight Gooden says, "I'm glad I don't have to face that guy every day. He (Don Mattingly) has that look that few hitters have. I don't know if it's his stance, his eyes or what, but you can tell he means business."

    • A plaque in Monument Park says the following about Don: "A Humble Man of Grace and Dignity. A Captain Who Led by Example. Proud of the Pinstripes Tradition and Dedicated to the Pursuit of Excellence. A Yankee Forever."

    • On signing autographs, "This guy is working all week and he brings his son to this show, has to pay $2 to get in, maybe $5 for a picture and then $6 for an autograph. These guys have to think you're a real ass with your head down all the time signing."

    • On the media, Don says, "I can't concern myself with what's going on with the club or what the media is writing. If you pay attention to those things, that's when you get yourself in trouble."

    • On being a Yankee, Don says, "The players get no respect around here. They give you money, that's it, not respect. We get constantly dogged and players from other teams love to see that. That's why nobody wants to play here."

    • On Babe Ruth, Don jokes, "Honestly, at one time I though Babe Ruth was a cartoon character. I really did, I mean I wasn't born until 1961 and I grew up in Indiana."

    • Don's nicknames are "Donnie Baseball" and "The Hit Man."

    • Don hit a whopping six grand slams in 1987.

    • Don wore jersey number 46 for his first two seasons and then changed his number to 23. When his jersey was retired by the Yankees, they chose to retire just number 23 since he wore that for the bulk of his career.

    • Sadly, Don never won a World Series ring.

    • Don played first base for the Yankees from 1982 until his retirement in 1995.

    • Don is the current New York Yankees hitting coach.

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