OK, I'm going to try (maybe) to make this the last installment in the Don Mattingly namesake series, but this is one letter and photograph I simply couldn't resist. Former New York Yankee first baseman Lou Gehrig may have been known as the "Iron Horse," but this Mattingly is just a plain old adorable horse, as I learned from this letter from Sophie Coppedge, 9, of Brookline, Mass. "My brothers Luke and Walker showed me your article on boys named after Don Mattingly. Lots of moms and dads like the name Mattingly. I like it too because Don Mattingly is my favorite player in baseball even though I live in Boston. My brother Luke has 159 Don Mattingly baseball cards. We love the Yankees. "I think I am the only little girl who named her pony Mr. Mattingly. I call him `Tingly' for short. He is a great pony and we go to lots of horse shows together. " `Tingly' and I have won lots of ribbons."
Winston, Lisa, This Mattingly covers the field on all fours., BASEBALL WEEKLY, 06-15-1994, pp 34.