» May 11, 1906: Tom Jones, St. Louis Browns 1B, has 22 putouts-an AL record that will be tied by the Highlanders' Hal Chase on September 21, and not again until July 20, 1987, by Don Mattingly.
» May 28, 1956: Dale Long of the Pirates connects against the Dodgers Carl Erskine at Forbes Field for his 8th home run in eight games, a record that will stand until the Yankees Don Mattingly equals it in 1987. Pittsburgh wins, 3–2, behind Bob Friend's 2-hitter.
» June 6, 1979: The Mariners make OF Al Chambers the number-one pick in the free-agent draft, but his big league career will last just 57 games. The Mets take UCLA P Tim Leary with the 2nd pick. The Blue Jays, picking 3rd, take high school C Jay Schroeder, who will play football for UCLA and will be drafted #1 in 1984 by the Colts, but will never catch in the ML. Kansas City picks football players on the 4th (Dan Marino) and the 17th (John Elway) rounds. Brad Komminsk (Braves) is the 4th pick, SS Juan Bustabad (A's) is 5th, with Andy Van Slyke (Cards) 6th. Bustabad is one of 13 of 16 picks who will not sign with the A's, but he does sign with the Red Sox, who will pick him #1 in the 1980 January draft. The Dodgers pick Orel Hershiser in the 17th round and the Yankees take Don Mattingly in the 19th round. Brett Butler goes to the Braves in the 23rd. The Reds take prep infielder Daniel Lamar in round one, then get slightly better results in the second round with Bob Buchanan and Keefe Cato.
» August 18, 1983: In the continuation of the "Pine Tar Game," Hal McRae strikes out for the last KC out and Dan Quisenberry retires the Yankees in order in the bottom of the 9th to preserve the Royals' 5–4 victory. The conclusion takes just 12 minutes (and 16 pitches) and, as the only game scheduled at the Stadium, is witnessed by a crowd of 1,245. An odd feature of the game is lefty Don Mattingly playing 2B and pitcher Ron Guidry in CF, as the Yanks try to cover all the options.
» May 2, 1984: LaMarr Hoyt faces 27 batters in a 3–0 one-hitter against the Yankees. New York's only hit is Don Mattingly's opposite-field blooper in the 7th inning, which is followed by a double play.
» June 18, 1984: With 40,315 on hand in Detroit, Phil Niekro (10–3) stops the Tigers on three hits, 2–1. Kirk Gibson's homer in the first is the only score, while Don Mattingly's double in the 5th drives in the game-winner for New York.
» September 30, 1984:
In the dramatic race for the American League batting title, Don Mattingly goes 4-for-5 in the Yankees season-ending 4–2 win over the Tigers to edge teammate Dave Winfield .343 to .340. Winfield goes 1-for-4.
» May 13, 1985: Trailing 8–0 after two innings, the Yankees rally to beat Minnesota 9–8 on Don Mattingly's 3-run home run off Ron Davis with two out in the bottom of the 9th.
» July 20, 1985:
Scattering seven hits, Ron Guidry wins his 12th straight, beating the Twins 8–3. Don Mattingly has a 2-run homer and a 2-run double for the Yanks.
» November 20, 1985: Don Mattingly easily wins the American League MVP Award with a .324 average, becoming the first player from a non championship team to do so since 1978.
» May 3, 1986:
Don Mattingly ties the major-league record with three sacrifice flies in the Yankees 9–4 win over the Rangers.
» September 27, 1986: Jack Morris shuts out the Yankees 1–0 in 10 innings, raising his record to 20-8 and snapping Don Mattingly's hitting streak at 24 consecutive games.
» October 2, 1986: Don Mattingly sets a Yankees record with his 232nd hit of the season in a 6–1 win over the Red Sox, eclipsing the mark set by Earle Combs in 1927. Mattingly will finish the season with 238 hits and a .352 batting average.
» November 18, 1986: Roger Clemens becomes the first starting pitcher to win the American League MVP Award since Vida Blue in 1971, receiving 19 of a possible 28 first-place votes to defeat runner-up Don Mattingly.
» February 17, 1987: Don Mattingly wins a $1.975 million salary in his arbitration case against the Yankees, eclipsing Jack Morris's record amount of just four days ago.
» June 6, 1987: Needing a replacement for the injured Don Mattingly, the Yankees reluctantly trade knuckleballer Joe Niekro to the Twins for C Mark Salas. Salas, not knowing that he's been traded, pinch hits a homer in the 9th to tie the game with the Rangers. He stays in, adds a single in the 11th, and the Twins win 3–2 in the 13th when Steve Lombardozzi's 2-out single scores Tom Brunansky from 1B.
» June 29, 1987:
Eight homers are hit in Toronto as the Yankees outlast the Blue Jays, 15–14. Don Mattingly leads the power outage with a pair and Dave Righetti gets the win.
» July 18, 1987: Don Mattingly hits a home run in his 8th consecutive game, tying the major-league record set by Dale Long in 1956, but the Yankees lose to Texas 7–2. His streak will end tomorrow when he goes 2-for-4 but no homers.
» July 20, 1987: Don Mattingly ties another ML record, this time in the field, as he makes 22 putouts in the Yankees 7–1 win over the Twins. The feat was last accomplished in the American League by Hal Chase in 1906.
» September 29, 1987: Don Mattingly hits his ML-record 6th grand slam of the season off Boston's Bruce Hurst in a 6–0 Yankees victory, eclipsing the mark shared by Ernie Banks (1955) and Jim Gentile (1961).
» May 28, 1988:
Seattle's infield records 22 assists in a 6–1 win over the Yankees, a ML record. Alvin Davis at 1B has a record tying 22 putouts. Yankee 1B Don Mattingly last season had 22 putouts, the most since 1906.
» August 15, 1991: Yankees 1B Don Mattingly is benched and fined $250 for refusing to cut his shoulder-length hair, but the Yankees still beat Kansas City, 5–1. He will get one two days later, and the hair will eventually be auctioned off for $3,000 to benefit a children's charity. Mattingly is not alone; Steve Farr, Matt Nokes, and Pascual Perez have all been told their hair length violates club policy. Mel Hall, who wears his hair in a small ponytail before and after games, is warned his appearance is "borderline."
» July 28, 1993: Seattle's Ken Griffey homers for the 8th consecutive game, tying the major league mark set by Dale Long and tied by Don Mattingly. The Mariners lose to the Twins, however, 5-1.
» September 18, 1993: The Yankees defeat the Red Sox, 4-3, because of a fan who runs out on the field. With NY trailing, 3-1, with two outs and a man on 1st in the 9th inning, Mike Stanley hits a fly ball to left that apparently ends the game. Umpire Tim Welke, however, had called time when the fan bolted onto the field, giving Stanley a second chance. He singled on the next pitch. That was followed by a hit by Wade Boggs, a walk to Dion James, and a single by Don Mattingly which drove home the tying and winning runs.