Library to host author of Don Mattingly book


NAUGATUCK – The Whittemore Library will host a book talk and signing by author Mike Shalin on May 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s Nellie Beatty Room.

Shalin’s book, “Donnie Baseball: The Definitive Biography of Don Mattingly,” sheds new light on a baseball legend, exposing the Hall of Famer’s moxie and lifelong dedication to baseball.

Shalin, sports biographer, goes in-depth and follows an incredibly talented and hard-working player who is now continuing his baseball dream by managing the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Shalin is a 35-year sports journalism veteran. The 1976 graduate of Wichita State University started with the wire services in New York in the 1970s, moved to the New York Post from 1980-82 and then spent 22 years at the Boston Herald, covering the Red Sox for 12 years and then Boston College football and basketball before leaving the newspaper in 2005.

A Baseball Hall of Fame voter since 1989, Shalin is now a freelancer in the Boston area whose varied duties include working as an official scorer at Fenway Park. He co-authored “Out by a Step, The 100 Best Players Not in the Baseball Hall of Fame” and “Gilles Villemure’s Tales from the Rangers Locker Room” and has authored several books for young readers.

“Donnie Baseball: The Definitive Biography of Don Mattingly” will be available for purchase at the event. The public is welcome to attend the free program.

For more information contact the library at (203) 729-4591.