A first baseman, now retired, for the New York Yankees. He wore number 23, which is also now retired, and has a plaque in Monument Park in his honor. Known as "The Hit Man" and "Donnie Baseball," this captain set the major-league baseball record for most grand slams in a season (6) and frequently led the team in total hits. Unfortunately, his performance dropped like a stone in later years, and he left the team just before the Yankees won four World Series championships in a span of five years. To this day, he is my favorite player that I have seen first-hand, and he even appears on my aptly named Don Mattingly Visa card that I proudly carry in my wallet, thanks to the fine folks at MBNA America.

Although I loved the guy as a player, he apparently doesn't stand much of a chance of being elected into the Hall of Fame. Maybe the Veterans Committee will help him out, like they did to Phil Rizzuto.