Mike Shalin, a veteran reporter who has spent most of his career in Boston, wrote "Donnie Baseball" with the cooperation of Don Mattingly, the book's subject. Mattingly was aware of the project and sat down with Shailin for a few interviews in 2010; the book came out last year.
I'm sure Mattingly has to be pleased with the book, since it's an overwhelmingly positive portrayal of the Yankees legend and Dodgers manager. Not there's a great deal of controversy surrounding manager; he is extremely well-liked and respected. Yet Shalin goes beyond a straight biography and takes on the role of Mattingly's advocate, arguing for the former first baseman's Hall of Fame inclusion and defending Mattingly against those who critized the Dodgers for hiring Mattingly to succeed Joe Torre as manager.
(As it turns out, one year in, Mattingly looks like a pretty good choice as manager.)
Anyway, I'll give my copy of the book to the first person who e-mails me - at firstname.lastname@example.org - with the correct answer to this question:
Who was the Yankees' manager when Mattingly recorded his first major-league hit?
Here are the contest rules.
--UPDATE, 3:38 p.m.: We have a winner! Occasional commenter Tim N. knew that Clyde King was the Yankees' manager on October 1, 1982, when Mattingly knocked an 11th-inning single off Steve Crawford for his first major-league hit.