Tampa Bay Rays senior baseball advisor and occasional coach Don Zimmer has passed away at the age of 83 as first reported by Channel 10 News.
It is with a very heavy heart we report that baseball and Bay area treasure Don Zimmer has passed away. He was 83. pic.twitter.com/IFuUeN6qao
— 10 News (@WTSP10News) June 5, 2014
The Rays released a statement on the passing of Zim with words from Stuart Sternberg:
“Today we all lost a national treasure and a wonderful man. Don dedicated his life to the game he loved, and his impact will be felt for generations to come. His contributions to this organization are immeasurable. I am proud that he wore a Rays uniform for the past 11 years. We will miss him dearly.”
Zimmer spent 66 years in baseball and every year his jersey number changed to reflect those years. Here is a chart we made earlier this year breaking down those 66 seasons.
Here is Zimmer when he played for the Dodgers in the late 1950s.
Zimmer had heart surgery earlier this year and third base coach Tom Foley has been wearing Zim’s jersey recently.