Fall Premier Auction 2013
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Don Mattingly spent his entire 14-year playing career with the New York Yankees, emerging as the team's starting first baseman after a successful rookie season in 1983. Mattingly was named to the American League (AL) All-Star team six times, won nine Gold Glove Awards, three Silver Slugger Awards, the 1984 AL batting title, and was the 1985 AL Most Valuable Player. Mattingly served as captain of the Yankees from 1991 through 1995, when he retired as a player. The Yankees retired Mattingly's uniform number, 23, after his retirement. Returning to the Yankees as a coach in 2004 for manager Joe Torre, he followed Torre to the Dodgers in 2008, and succeeded him as the Dodgers' manager in 2011.
These vintage Converse black leather spikes show enormous game use but remain otherwise intact and essentially problem-free. His No. 23 is hand printed No. 23 on the insole of each shoe. Mattingly has signed in black marker on the outside white leather panel of the left shoe; the signature has faded a bit over the years but remains legible.
Comes with a Letter of Authenticity from renowned shoe collector Bill Ficke.