Donnie Baseball: The Definitive Biography of Don Mattingly

Donnie Baseball: The Definitive Biography of Don Mattingly

by Mike Shalin, Joe Torre
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Donnie Baseball: The Definitive Biography of Don Mattingly by Mike Shalin

Known affectionately as 'Donnie Baseball,' Don Mattingly was an example of consistency and greatness at first base for the New York Yankees for 14 seasons. A nine-time Gold Glove winner, the mustachioed defensive ace was a fan favorite on the underachieving Yankees teams of the 1980's and early 1990's. Thus, despite his huge popularity, Mattingly was left shackled with the legacy of being one of the greatest Yankees to never play in a World Series. Nonetheless, he is so revered in Yankee lore that he is honored in the famous Monument Park at Yankee Stadium.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781617494833
Publisher: Triumph Books
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 315,313
File size: 680 KB

About the Author

Mike Shalin is a 35-year sports journalism veteran. The 1976 graduate of Wichita State University started with the wire services in New York in the 1970's, moved to the New York Post from 1980-82 and then spent 22 years at the Boston Herald, covering the Red Sox for 12 years and then Boston College football and basketball before leaving the newspaper in 2005. A Baseball Hall of Fame voter since 1989, Shalin is now a freelancer in the Boston area whose varied duties include working as an official scorer at Fenway Park. He co-authored Out by a Step, The 100 Best Players Not in the Baseball Hall of Fame and Gilles Villemure's Tales from the Rangers Locker Room and has authored several books for young readers. Shalin resides in Easton, Massachusetts.

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Donnie Baseball: The Definitive Biography of Don Mattingly 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is 137 pages of the author telling us what a great guy Don Mattingly is and quotes from people he played with or coached. There is no insight or any type of story other than a little about his high school years. I expected more out of this book because I am such a great fan of Mattingly but found it to be a waste of money
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I'm as big a Mattingly fan as you'll find. But this book provided very little new information and even less stories. It's hardly a biography spending only about a chapter on his life pre minor leagues. Very disappointing. It's basically a collection of quotes from others and from Mattingly's YES Network Yankeeography. I wish it was better, but unfortunately it wasn't.
Kevin213 More than 1 year ago
This book in a nutshell: Mattingly is really nice. Mattingly was beloved in NY. Mattingly could have been in the HOF if not for his back. Repeat. I learned nothing about Mattingly from this book.
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rina patalano More than 1 year ago
Donnie baseball epitomized hard working, blue collar baseball with great passion and true love of the game ! The book gives a perspective of a player that did all he could to get to the postseason . In my book , he will always will be one of the greatest yankees to ever walk the cathedral, that is yankee stadium !
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Richard Kirk More than 1 year ago
The book is full of testamonials and short on biographical information Mattingly was great player and deserved a better book The majority of the book contains quotes from anyone he knew or played with describing what a great guy he is or player he was. Did not learn much else. Seems hastily wriiten and poorly thought out. Just very disappointing.
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mick7marv More than 1 year ago
I have been a Yankee fan for 50 yrs. and have read anything and everything about the Yankees. Included in this total, probably 75-100 biographies. While Mattingly was a good ballplayer he was not the 'Mr. Wonderful' the book makes him out to be. If I got my grandmother to author a biography of me, I would come out looking very great too. I met the man in 1985 and believe me he was not Mr. Nice Guy. His attitude was, this is my space, my oxygen, don't breathe my oxygen. Take away the pinstripes and you have just another so-so baseball career. The 'True' captains were Gehrig, Munson and presently Jeter. They led with class and even grumpy Munson was very nice when I met him