Today in Sports History [8/31/1997] – Donny Baseball’s #23 Retired in NY
Don Mattingly’s No. 23 was retired by the New York Yankees on August 31, 1997. He made his major league baseball debut on September 8, 1982.
Mattingly joined the L.A. Dodgers coaching staff in 2008, and made his managerial debut on March 31, 2011.
Debuting with the Yankees in 1982 after three seasons in minor league baseball, Mattingly emerged as the Yankees’ starting first baseman after a successful rookie season in 1983. Mattingly was named to the American League (AL) All-Star team six times. He won nine Gold Glove Awards, three Silver Slugger Awards, the 1984 AL batting title, and was the 1985 AL Most Valuable Player.
Mattingly served as captain of the Yankees from 1991 through 1995, when he retired as a player. The Yankees retired Mattingly’s uniform number, 23, after his retirement. He has also received consideration for induction to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, though he has not been elected.