This Day In Sports History (February 28th) — Don Mattingly

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It was on this day in 1991 that first baseman Don Mattingly was named captain of the New York Yankees.  Mattingly became the thirteenth captain in Yankees’ history.

Donnie Baseball earned the honor prior to his tenth year with the team.  He began his career with the Yankees in 1982, playing for them his entire career before retiring in 1995.  He stepped in to fill the roll after the position had been vacant during the previous two season.  Before Mattingly, Willie Randolph and Ron Guidry shared the honor as co-captains of the Bronx Bombers.

Since Mattingly’s departure, Derek Jeter is the only member of the Yankees to serve as captain.  He was awarded the position in 2003, and has served it well over the course of the past nine seasons.  It appeared as though Jeter’s tenure as captain would come to an end following the 2010 MLB season when he became a free agent, but the Yanks were able to reach an agreement with their All-Star shortstop, signing him to a three-year deal with an option for a fourth year.


Notable Birthdays

Tayshaun Prince, NBA – Born on February 28, 1980 (age 34) in Montona, Istria

Mario Andretti, F1 – Born on February 28, 1940 (age 74) in Compton, California

Eric Lindros, NHL – Born on February 28, 1973 (age 40) in London, Ontario

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