From July 8 through July 18, 1987 -- exactly 26 years ago on Thursday -- Yankees first baseman Don Mattingly enjoyed one of the best stretches in Major League Baseball history. He homered in eight straight games, tying the MLB record (Dale Long, 1956).
Here was his record-tying home run on the 18th:
During the stretch, Mattingly went 17 for 37 (.459) with two doubles, 10 homers and 21 RBI, posting an absurd 1.324 slugging percentage. It might be the best eight-game stretch in MLB history by a single player.
And the eighth game happened 26 years ago Thursday.