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Donald William Zimmer (January 17, 1931 a?? June 4, 2014) was an American infielder, manager, and coach in Major League Baseball (MLB). Zimmer was involved in professional baseball from 1949 until his death, a span of 66 years.
Zimmer signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1949. He played in MLB with the Dodgers (1954a??1959, 1963), Chicago Cubs (1960a??1961), New York Mets (1962), Cincinnati Reds (1962), and Washington Senators (1963a??1965). Shortly thereafter came a stint with the Toei Flyers of Nippon Professional Baseball in 1966. Zimmer also saw action in the Latin American winter baseball leagues, specifically in Cuba with the Tigres de Marianao and a team in Cienfuegos, Cuba, as well as in Mexico and, most notably, Puerto Rico, where Zimmer was named the 1955 Caribbean Series Most Valuable Player with the 1954-55 champion Cangrejeros de Santurce. Zimmer was nicknamed "El Galleguito" (The small Rooster) in Cuba and "El Soldadito" (The small soldier) in Mexico and Puerto Rico.
During a minor league game on July 7, 1953, Zimmer was struck by a pitch thrown by pitcher Jim Kirk, causing Zimmer to lose consciousness. He suffered a brain injury that required surgery. He woke up two weeks later, thinking that it was the day after the game where the incident took place. This led to Major League Baseball adopting batting helmets as a safety measure to be used by players when at-bat. Phil Rizzuto was the first player to use the batting helmets.
Following his retirement as a player, Zimmer began his coaching career. He worked in Minor League Baseball, before coaching the Montreal Expos (1971), San Diego Padres (1972), Boston Red Sox (1974a??1976, 1992) New York Yankees (1983, 1986, 1996a??2003), Cubs (1984a??1986), San Francisco Giants (1987), Colorado Rockies (1993a??1995), and Tampa Bay Devil Rays / Rays (2004a??2014). He served as manager for the Padres (1972a??1973), Red Sox (1976a??1980), Texas Rangers (1981a??1982), and Cubs (1988a??

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Don Zimmer, iconic coach, manager, dies at 83

Don Zimmer, a revered figure in his 66 years in Major League Baseball, died Wednesday at age 83, less than two months after undergoing heart surgery. VPC Don Zimmer, a revered figure in his 66 years in Major League Baseball, died Wednesday, less than two ...
Posted: June 5, 2014, 4:07 am

Upset Zimmer says he has faith, but not proof yet that Vikings in the elite

"I do have faith in this football team and obviously, you know, faith is belief without proof," Zimmer said. "Right now, I don't have any proof so I have to have faith that we'll get it done. I think we will. But until we prove it, it's just throwing stuff ...
Posted: October 24, 2016, 9:39 am

Yankees win one for Don Zimmer after brawl with Red Sox in 2003

BOSTON - The game that was billed as a matchup of heavyweight pitchers became an afternoon of melees that will mark Game 3 of this ALCS as one for the ages. While the enduring images will include a charging Don Zimmer, who was thrown to the ground by Pedro ...
Posted: October 11, 2016, 10:34 am
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