Don Zimmer

Baseball Manager
Born Jan 17, 1931

Donald William Zimmer is a former infielder, manager, and coach in Major League Baseball (MLB), currently serving as a senior advisor to the Tampa Bay Rays baseball organization. Zimmer has been involved in professional baseball since 1949. Zimmer signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1949.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Don Zimmer.


1931 Birth Born on January 17, 1931.


Zimmer was involved in professional baseball from 1949 until his death, a span of 65 years.
1950 19 Years Old He then played with the Hornell Dodgers of the Class-D PONY League in 1950, the Elmira Pioneers of the Single-A Eastern League in 1951, the Mobile Bears of the Double-A Southern League in 1952, and the St. Paul Saints of the Triple-A American Association in 1953 and 1954.


1951 - 1954 3 More Events
Notably, he played for the 1955 World Series champion Brooklyn Dodgers, and with the 1962 New York Mets, who lost a record 120 games.
1956 25 Years Old Zimmer was beaned again in 1956 when a Cincinnati Reds fastball broke his cheekbone, but he persevered. … Read More
1958 27 Years Old In the major leagues, Zimmer remained with the Los Angeles Dodgers after their move west in 1958.
1960 29 Years Old In 1960, the Dodgers traded Zimmer to the Chicago Cubs for Johnny Goryl, Ron Perranoski, Lee Handley and $25,000.


1961 - 1962 2 More Events
1963 32 Years Old 1 More Event
He returned briefly to the Dodgers in 1963, when the Reds traded him to the Dodgers for Scott Breeden.
1965 34 Years Old 1 More Event
The Senators released Zimmer after the 1965 season, and he played for the Toei Flyers of Nippon Professional Baseball in 1966.
1967 36 Years Old 1 More Event
Zimmer served as a player-manager for the Cincinnati Reds with the Double-A Knoxville Smokies and Triple-A Buffalo Bisons in 1967.


1971 - 1973 3 More Events
1975 44 Years Old Working under skipper Darrell Johnson, Zimmer's tenure included a memorable event during Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. … Read More
1976 45 Years Old The 1976 Red Sox never got on track under Johnson, and he was fired in July. … Read More
1978 47 Years Old However, he is best remembered among Red Sox fans for the team's dramatic collapse during the 1978 season. … Read More


1984 53 Years Old …  He served as third base coach for the Chicago Cubs from 1984 to 1986.
1988 57 Years Old Zimmer took over as manager of the Cubs in 1988.
1989 58 Years Old In 1989, he managed the Cubs to a division title and was named Manager of the Year.


1991 - 1992 2 More Events
1993 62 Years Old Zimmer was on the first coaching staff of the expansion Colorado Rockies in 1993, and coached with the Rockies through 1995.
1996 65 Years Old In 1996, he joined the Yankees as their bench coach for their run of four World Series titles.
1999 68 Years Old In 1999, Zimmer filled in for Manager Joe Torre while Torre was recuperating from prostate cancer. … Read More
2003 72 Years Old Many fans know him for his "brawl" with Pedro Martínez in the 2003 American League Championship Series, when Zimmer ran at Martinez and Martinez threw Zimmer to the ground. … Read More
2008 77 Years Old 1 More Event
From the 2008 season to his death, Zimmer was one of the last former Brooklyn Dodgers (besides pitcher Don Newcombe and announcer Vin Scully) still in baseball in some capacity. … Read More
During the 2014 season he wore #66,. (In 2014, longtime Tampa Bay third base coach Tom Foley wore Zimmer's name and number on the back of his own uniform in tribute.) Zimmer often noted that every paycheck he'd ever gotten came from baseball, and that he never held a job in any other profession. … Read More
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