Don Zimmer broke into the big leagues in 1954 as a 23-year old shortstop for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Over the next 12 seasons, he would hit .235 with 91 home runs and 45 stolen bases. He appeared in one All-Star game (1961).

He later went on to manage for 13 years. He won one division title in 1989 with the Cubs and was the losing manager for the Red Sox when Bucky Bleepin’ Dent hit his home run for the Yankees in game 163 of the 1978 season.

This year. Zim will wear #62 as a special assistant for the Rays, marking his 62nd season in professional baseball.



  1. Charles says:

    The thought of Zim stealing even one base makes me smile, much less 45 of them! Of course, I picture him doing it as he is now.

  2. Don says:

    Don Zimmers tombstone....
    "Here lays a man that never worked a day in his life...only played a game"

    • Charles says:

      But admit it - if YOUR tombstone could say that, you'd be pretty happy about that! I sure would.

      "Here lies Don - Ya didn't always agree with him, but at least he gave a $?*!"

      "Here lies Charles - He threw a bunch of numbers around and sometimes they made sense"

      • Don says:

        Exactly, you could write....
        "Here lies Don, he only wishes he could have made a living playing games"
        at least you would be 50% right!


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