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Don Mattingly – 1991 Donruss #107

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Donald Arthur “Don” Mattingly (born April 20, 1961), nicknamed “Donnie Baseball” and “The Hit Man”, is a former Major League Baseball first baseman and current manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He played his entire 14-year baseball career for the New York Yankees (1982–1995). After his playing career, he also served as a hitting coach for the Yankees and Dodgers prior to taking on his current position as manager of the Dodgers. Mattingly finished his career with 2,153 hits, 222 home runs, 1,099 RBI, and a .307 lifetime average. He is commonly cited as the best Yankee player to have never played in a World Series. His career had bad timing, as the Yankees lost the World Series the year before he broke into the big leagues and they ended up winning the World Series in the first year of Mattingly’s retirement. This World Series drought (1982–1995) was the longest in Yankees history since the start of the Babe Ruth era and it was worsened by the player’s strike in 1994, which ended a promising chance for a World Series title. The Yankees retired Mattingly’s number 23 and dedicated his plaque for Monument Park at Yankee Stadium on August 31, 1997. The plaque calls him “A humble man of grace and dignity, a captain who led by example, proud of the pinstripe tradition and dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, a Yankee forever.”

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