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#16 Greatest HR in Yankee History

October 23, 2012

Donnie Baseball (Sports Illustrated)

Don Mattingly | 8 Consecutive Games with a HR | vs. Texas Rangers | 7/18/1987

During the 1987 season it seemed like Don Mattingly was tying or setting a Major League record every week.  On July 20th he tied a Major League record with 22 putouts in a single game, on September 29th he set a record with 6 grand slams in a season, and on July 18th he tied a record of 8 straight games with a home run, set by Dale Long in 1956.

Hey!  Did he get all of it?…  Ho-ly cow!  He did it!  Ho-ly cow!  Mattingly is unbelievable!

| Phil Rizzuto’s call |

Mattingly hit 10 total home runs during the streak in which he batted .459, recorded 17 hits, and plated 21 RBIs. His record-tying blast came in the 4th inning of a 7-2 loss at Texas’ Ballpark in Arlington.  The opposing crowd appreciated the feat so much that the 41,871 on hand gave him a standing ovation.

Mattingly’s Home Run Streak

Date | Team | Pitcher | Men on

  1. 7/8 | vs. Minnesota Twins | Mike Smithson | 2
  2. 7/8 | vs. Minnesota Twins | Juan Berenguer | 0
  3. 7/9 | vs. Chicago White Sox | Richard Dotson | 0
  4. 7/10 | vs. Chicago White Sox | Joel McKeon | 3
  5. 7/11 | vs. Chicago White Sox | Jose DeLeon | 0
  6. 7/12 | vs. Chicago White Sox | Jim Winn | 0
  7. 7/16 | @ Texas Rangers | Charlie Hough | 3
  8. 7/16 | @ Texas Rangers | Mitch Williams | 1
  9. 7/17 | @ Texas Rangers | Paul Kilgas | 0
  10. 7/18 | @ Texas Rangers | Jose Guzman | 0

He’s a helluva guy.  If you have to have a record broken, he’s the kind of guy you want to do it.  I wish him luck Sunday, but I would rather the record read Long and Mattingly.

| Dale Long |

Check out Mattingly’s record-tying blast here.

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