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Donnie Baseball
Donnie Baseball

Donnie Baseball

The Definitive Biography of Don Mattingly
By Mike Shalin, Foreword by Joe Torre

SPORTS & RECREATION

224 Pages, 6 x 9

Formats: Cloth, EPUB, Mobipocket, PDF

Cloth, $24.95 (US $24.95) (CA $27.95)

ISBN 9781600785368

Rights: WOR

Triumph Books (Mar 2011)

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Overview

The exhaustive research of sports biographer Mike Shalin sheds new light on a baseball legend, exposing the Hall of Famer's moxie and lifelong dedication to baseball in this engaging biography. The in-depth research follows Don Mattingly, an incredibly talented and hard-working player, who, during his time with the Yankees, became one of the most beloved and popular players in the glorious history of their franchise. An insightful review of Mattingly's career, including his going from a 19th-round draft choice to the 1985 American League MVP to his true motivation behind his retirement in 1995 and his thoughts on his young coaching. Donnie Baseball: The Definitive Biography of Don Mattingly is a must-read not only for passionate Yankee fans, but for all baseball enthusiasts who want to become better historians of the game.

Author Biography

Mike Shalin is a 35-year sports journalism veteran who has worked for the the Boston Herald and the New York Post. He is now a freelance writer and an official scorer at Fenway Park. He is the coauthor of The 100 Best Players Not in the Baseball Hall of Fame, Gilles Villemure's Tales from the Rangers Locker Room, and Out by a Step. He lives in Easton, Massachusetts. Joe Torre is the former manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the New York Yankees, where he won four World Series.

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The Monroe Courier talks to Mike Shalin about Donnie Baseball.
Mike Shalin stops by WAMC to discuss Donnie Baseball.
CTPost.com talks about Don Mattingly and Donnie Baseball.
Boston.com features a story from Donnie Baseball.
Baseball Digest checks in with a review of Donnie Baseball.
Mike Shalin talks to New York Magazine about the career of Donnie Baseball.
Mike Shalin stops by The Robert Wuhl Show to talk Donnie Baseball.
The New York Times takes a closer look at Donnie Baseball.

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Donnie Baseball:

The Definitive Biography of Don Mattingly

By Mike Shalin/Foreword by Joe Torre

 

CONTACT: Bill Ames, Triumph Books, 312.252.1248, b.ames@triumphbooks.com

 

During his time wearing his now-retired #23 for the New York Yankees, Don Mattingly was loved by Yankees fans because of his passion for the game and thrilling batting title chases.  Known affectionately as "Donnie Baseball," Mattingly was an example of consistency and greatness while playing first base in the Bronx for 14 seasons.

 

In Donnie Baseball: The Definitive Biography of Don Mattingly, the exhaustive research of sports biographer Mike Shalin sheds new light on a baseball legend, exposing the Hall of Famer's moxie and lifelong dedication to baseball.  Shalin goes in-depth and follows an incredibly talented and hard-working player who is now continuing his baseball dream by managing the Los Angeles Dodgers.  During his time with the Yanks, Mattingly became one of the most beloved and popular players in the glorious history of the Yankees franchise.

 

Shalin reveals Mattingly's many remarkable accomplishments, including:

 

  • Going from a 19th-round draft choice to the 1985 American League MVP
  • Originally struggling for any power but eventually hitting 222 home runs during his career
  • Unique insights on the public debates with George Steinbrenner
  • His true motivation behind his retirement in 1995
  • His thoughts on his young coaching career and upcoming first season as a manager

 

Shalin leaves no stone unturned in this enlightening and comprehensive biography, revealing stories from both on and off the field that have never before been told.  Donnie Baseball: The Definitive Biography of Don Mattingly is a must-read not only for passionate Yankee fans, but for all baseball enthusiasts who want to become better historians of the game.

 

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 1970s, 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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