Don Zimmer Celebrity LifeDon Zimmer played baseball professionally as an infielder, coach, and manager in MLB (Major League Baseball). His full name is Donald William Zimmer. In 1949, he started to play baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers signing as an amateur free agent and played up to 1966.
Don Zimmer was an American baseball player. His birthplace was Cincinnati in Ohio. His date of birth is 17th January 1931. His nicknames were “Gerbil”, Zim, and also “Popeye” due to similarity to the cartoon character. He died on 4th June 2014 in Dunedin of Florida when he was aged 83 years.
In 1949, Don Zimmer started his career by playing baseball for Cambridge Dodgers under the Class-D category of Eastern Shore League. In 1950, he played baseball for the Hornell Dodgers under the Class-D category of PONY League.
He also played baseball for the Elmira Pioneers under the Single-A category of Eastern League in 1951 and for the Mobile Bears under the Double-category of Southern League in the next year.
Don Zimmer started to play baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers within the major league from the year of 1954 and continued up to 1959. He played baseball for Chicago Clubs from 1960 to 1961, for New York Mets in 1962, for Cincinnati Reds in 1962, for Los Angeles Dodgers in 1963, and for Washington Senators from 1963 to 1965.
He played his last game for Nippon Professional Baseball under the Toy Flyers in 1966.
In 1971, Don Zimmer started his career as a baseball coach for Montreal Expos after taking retirement from his career as a baseball player. He worked as a baseball coach for San Diego Padres in 1972, for Boston Red Sox from 1974 to 1976, for New York Yankees in 1983, for Chicago Cubs from 1984 to 1986, for New York Yankees in 1986, for San Francisco Giants in 1987, for Boston Red Sox in 1992, for Colorado Rockies from 1993 to 1995, for New York Yankees from 1996 to 2003, and for Tampa Bay Devil Rays from 2004 to 2014.
Don Zimmer scored batting average of .235 with 773 hits, 352 RBI, 91 home runs and 45 stolen bases. He played overall 1,095 games of baseball within 12 seasons. In 1961, his name was placed for the All-Star Team of the National League. He was the winner of the National League Manager of the Year in 1989.
Don Zimmer wrote two books named ‘The Zen of Zim’ and ‘Zim: A Baseball Life’. He had explained his life as a baseball player and also his career as a coach and a manager related to baseball.
On 7th July 1953, Don Zimmer was seriously injured within his head due to a pitch thrown by Jim Kirk when he was playing baseball for St. Paul Saints. He lost his consciousness nearly 13 days due to blood clotting within his head.
Two surgeries were made for the implantation of the metal plate within his head to treat his severe injury which affected his ability for walking and talking and his vision got blurred. Moreover, his body weight was reduced.
In 1956, Don Zimmer was injured again and broke his cheekbone when Hal Jeffcoat of Cincinnati Red threw a fastball. He played baseball as a good infielder although he scored a low batting average within his career as a baseball player.
Don Zimmer offered his services as he had a membership of the advisory board related to the Baseball Assistance Team. He was associated with a non-profit organization as he dedicated to assisting former Minor League, Major League, and Negro League baseball players through medical as well as financial issues.
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