Don Mattingly in Evansville This Weekend for the “Way” and Garvin Park Monument Dedications
A month ago I wrote a blog about the name change coming for the street running from N. Main St. into Garvin Park. Bosse Field’s official address changes, too. Bosse Field is now located at 23 Don Mattingly Way. That was the number on Don’s New York Yankees uniform. Additionally, Garvin Park’s address is now 45 Don Mattingly Way. This Saturday, Don Mattingly himself will be in Evansville for the dedication of the street name change and a monument placed inside Garvin Park in his honor.
You may remember that Don began playing baseball at Garvin Park as a youth. He was also on the Memorial baseball team and played several games at Bosse Field. In 1978 and 1979 the Memorial Tigers won state championships. Don made the New York Yankees roster, playing with them for fourteen seasons. He also appeared in six All-Star Games and was the Most Valuable Player in 1985 for the American League. Now he’s managing the Los Angeles Dodgers, which made the National League Championships this year.
Join Don this Saturday at 1 p.m. behind the outfield fence of the North Youth Baseball field for the dedication ceremony. Mayor Lloyd Winnecke will be there to speak, along with some other dignitaries. The event is free and you are invited!