Don Mattingly

Death Date
Debut Year1982
Year of Induction
Teams Dodgers, Yankees
Positions First Base, Manager

Don Mattingly could take mentor Joe Torre’s route to the Hall of Fame; both are former MVPs who fell short in HoF balloting as players.

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Contract signed 7 months before Don Mattingly's MLB debut

Contract signed 7 months before Don Mattingly's MLB debut

In the collection is an early example of Don Mattingly’s signature. Here the seven-time All Star and future Most Valuable Player gives his consent to have his autographs printed and sold on stamped souvenir baseballs. In return Donnie Baseball is to receive a whopping one cent per ball sold. It’s difficult to imagine
Coaster from Mattingly's 23 restaurant

Coaster from Mattingly's 23 restaurant

Don Mattingly opened his own restaurant in August, 1987 naming it Mattingly’s 23. Shown here is a coaster from those days. The restaurant remained open until financial woes forced its closure in June, 1996. Upon retirement as a player, Mattingly became a coach in Joe Torre’s staff. When Torre left the
Dodger franchise's 10,000th win signed by skipper Don Mattingly

Dodger franchise's 10,000th win signed by skipper Don Mattingly

After a distinguished playing career that included nine Gold Gloves, six All-Star games, a batting title, and an MVP Award, Don Mattingly turned to coaching. At first he was a special instructor at spring training, then hitting coach, and finally bench coach for his mentor Joe Torre in 2007. When th

Stories about Don Mattingly

Former Yankee Captain Don Mattingly reflects on Derek Jeter

July 30th, 2016 Leave a comment

Miami manager Don Mattingly spent his first 23 years in professional baseball in the New York Yankee organization, first as a player, then as a coach. In 1995, his final year as a player, the team called up a 20-year old shortstop named Derek Jeter. Jeter went on to become the Yankee’s all-time hit king, the first in franchise history to eclipse the 3,000-hit mark. When Jeter went 5-for-5 on July 9th, 2011 to enter the exclusive club, Mattingly sent him a text to congratulate his former teammate. Mattingly feels special connection “I feel that special connection with him after watching come out of high school and seeing him progress,” Mattingly said. The Marlins skipper was asked if he could predict greatness for Jeter when the shortstop first came up. “Honestly, it was impossible to see when he broke in,” Mattingly admitted. “I did see a quick progression. It seemed like a short period of time, but it was like 2 ½ years and you’re like, ‘Wow, he’s made some big jumps!’.” Big jumps indeed. After his initial cup of coffee in the big leagues, Jeter began 1996 as New York’s regular shortstop, hitting .314 and winning the Rookie of the Year Award. Jeter’s career takes […]

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HoFer Bert Blyleven gave Don Mattingly an earful in ’84!

August 5th, 2015 Leave a comment

After fourteen years on the ballot, Bert Blyleven got elected in 2011, his final year on the Writers’ ballot. The first Dutch-born inductee, Blyleven was a practical joker off the field, and a competitor on it. Renowned for having one of the game’s best curveballs, Blyleven could also bring the heat. Just ask former Yankee Don Mattingly. The first time the two squared off was in August of 1984 at Cleveland’s Lakefront Stadium. Blyleven was in the midst of one of his finest seasons. The Dutchman went 19-7 with a 2.87 ERA that year and finished fourth in the American League in strikeouts. Mattingly was near the apex of his career, finishing the year as the A.L. batting champ, leading the league with 207 hits, and 44 doubles. “The first at bat, I hit a seed, a one-hopper right at the first basemen,” Mattingly said. Feeling confident Mattingly came up for his second at bat ready to do some damage. “I was like all right, I’m going to hit him hard again,” Mattingly recalled. Did the confidence pay off? “The first was right at my chin and knocked me down on my ass,” said a smiling Mattingly. After dusting himself off, the slugger dug in […]

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