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#18 Greatest HR in Yankee History

October 22, 2012

9/27/87 | Mattingly shares the cover of SI with a pit bull terrier after hitting his record-tying 5th grand slam (Sports Illustrated)

Don Mattingly | 6th Grand Slam | vs. Boston Red Sox | 9/29/1987

In Don Mattingly’s first 4 seasons in the Major Leagues he did not hit a single grand slam.  That’s not a shocking statistic by any means–it took Derek Jeter 11 seasons to finally hit one over the wall with the bases full–but it made his 1987 season all the more unbelievable as he swatted a Major League record 6 grand slams, breaking the record of 5 held by Ernie Banks, Jim Gentle, and Jim Northrup.

In a 6-0 win over the Red Sox, Mattingly provided all the offense the Yanks needed, smacking a 3rd inning grand slam on a 1-2 pitch with Roberto Kelly, Ricky Henderson (who had just stolen his 700th base), and Willie Randolph on the pond.  Even more remarkably, it was the 4th home run the lefty-hitting Mattingly had hit off of a left-handed pitcher.

Mattingly’s 6 Grand Slams

Date | Team | Pitcher

  1. 5/14 | vs. Texas Rangers | Mike Mason
  2. 6/29 | @ Toronto Blue Jays | John Cerutti
  3. 7/10 | vs. Chicago White Sox | John McKeon
  4. 7/16 | @ Texas Rangers | Charlie Hough
  5. 9/25 | @ Baltimore Orioles | Jose Mesa
  6. 9/29 | vs. Boston Red Sox | Bruce Hurst

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