One of the more meaningful records I have seen since becoming a baseball fan as a young kid is the 8-game home run streak by Don Mattingly set during the 1987 baseball season. At that time, my interest in baseball was booming and my collection of baseball cards was the center of my extra-curricular activities.
That streak was immense primarily because prior to that I had really only seen Mattingly as a hitter for average. That streak taught me that any one at any time with the talent level of a Don Mattingly, which is very rare, can accomplish great things. It was a nice life lesson to learn as a 12-year old boy, and this streak is still the first thing I think of when someone mentions ‘Donnie Baseball’ to me.
Here is a recap of that incredible ride that Mattingly took us on:
HR #1 – July 8, 1987 in the 1st inning off of Mike Smithson
HR #2 – July 8, 1987 in the 6th inning off of Juan Berenguer
HR #3 – July 9, 1987 in the 6th inning off of Richard Dotson
HR #4 – July 10, 1987 in the 2nd inning off of Joel McKeon
HR #5 – July 11, 1987 in the 3rd inning off of Jose DeLeon
HR #6 – July 12, 1987 in the 7th inning off of Jim Winn
HR #7 – Juy 16, 1987 in the 2nd inning off of Charlie Hough
HR #8 – July 16, 1987 in the 8th inning off of Mitch Williams
HR #9 – July 17, 1987 in the 6th inning off of Paul Kilgus
HR #10 – July 18, 1987 in the 4th inning off of Jose Guzman
Man that streak is impressive!! Even today, there are few players that could get on a roll like this. 10 home runs in 8 games!!!