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Christy Mathewson
(1900-16)
Christy Matthewson became the first 20th century pitcher to win 30 games in three consecutive seasons (1903-05).
Don Mattingly
(1982-95)
Mattingly was busy in 1987. He tied Dale Long's record by hitting home runs in eight consecutive games. He broke Ernie Banks's record of five grand slams in a season with six grannies of his own. And he tied a ML record for first basemen when he handled 22 chances in a game.
"Donnie Baseball"     BORN 4.20.61, Evansville, IN     .307, 222, 1099
All-Star 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989     1985 AL MVP, ML Player of the Year
Gene Mauch
(1944-57, 1960-82, 1985-87)
Mauch managed for 26 years but never won a pennant (a record). In 1964 his Philadelphia Phillies were 6.5 games ahead in the NL with just 12 games to go, but lost the pennant race to the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1982, his California Angels led the ALCS 2-0, only to lose the next three games to the Brewers. And in 1986 the Angels led the Red Sox in the ALCS by three games to one, and led the fifth game by a score of 5-2 in the 9th inning, only to lose that game and the next two.
BORN 11.18.25, Salina, KS     Mgr. record: 1902-2037
Sport McAllister
(1896-1903)
Playing for the Cleveland Spiders in 1899, McAllister was the ultimate utility player -- he performed at all nine positions during the season.
BORN 7.23.1874, Austin, MS     .247, 5, 164
Willie McGee
(1982-99)
McGee set a post-1900 record for batting average by a switch hitter with .353 in 1985. In 1990 he became the first ML player to win a batting title without being in the league; his .313 BA topped the NL but in August of that year he was traded by St. Louis to Oakland.
Willie McGill
(1890-96)
McGill was all of 16 years of age when in 1891 he became the youngest 20-game winner, pitching for the St. Louis Browns and Cincinnati Kelly's Killers in the American Association.
"Kid"     BORN 11.10.1873, Atlanta, GA     74-168, 4.59
Bid McPhee
(1882-99)
HOFer McPhee played second base for Cincinnati for eighteen years, and when he retired in 1899 he did so with a career total of 6,545 putouts -- a record that still stands.
Bobby Mitchell
(1877-79, 1882)
Mitchell has the distinction of being the first southpaw in major league history. He had a 7-2 win-loss record with the Cincinnati Red Stockings in 1878 and a 3.18 career ERA.