h2h Corner ~ Check You Out On the Flip Side: Don Mattingly

For the history of this series, check out this article: Check You Out On the Flip Side: Howard Johnson.

Mattingly - 1987 BackMattingly - 1987 Front

I’m sorry about all the New York corner infielders, but this one was too bizarre to pass up!

Do an internet search for ‘Don Mattingly birthday’ and you get April 20, 1961. Baseball Reference also has him as being born in 1961.

So how did he get away with this, while Miguel Tejada and others have been caught? I guess it doesn’t matter if it is only one year and the supposed official birth year makes him older, right?

Regardless, Mattingly put together a brilliant first three seasons of a career. Look at all those italics! Unfortunately, he would never lead the league in anything after this card was printed. My baseball consciousness wasn’t fully alive until the early 1990s and, at that point, Mattingly was an old fogey with achy knees. Of course, that old fogey posted a .397 OBP at age 33 in 1994. Or maybe he was really only 32 when he was taking all those pitches?

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3 responses to this post.

  1. Bizarre but Awesome stuff!!

    Anything on Tom Glavine? Reggie Jackson? Rollie Fingers?

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  2. Posted by Albert Lang on September 8, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    I’ll have to dig through my collection for those guys. I think there was a Reggie in the pile, but nothing on the other two as of yet….I’ll keep an eye out.

    I appreciate you reading!

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  3. [...] year for the Cardinals, then another for the Reds. Then it was 1983 and the Bronx Bombers and Donnie Baseball wanted [...]

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