Baseball lost a familiar face this week as Don Zimmer, 83, died on Wednesday.
Zimmer was a West Side legend to Cincinnati and began his baseball career at Western Hills High and Bentley Post American Legion teams. He then spent the next 66 seasons creating baseball history.
In 1948, Zimmer was a part of the championship team of West High and then was signed with the Dodgers the next year. In the season of 1955, Zimmer hit .182 in 24 games and saw his first major championship with the Dodgers. With the team that featured Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snyder, Carl Furillo, and Sandy Koufax, they won the World Series.
Zimmer also played with the Mets, Cubs, Reds, and the Senators.
Although, in 12 seasons, hitting .235, and winning the World Series, it wasn’t on the field that Zimmer enjoyed the sport the most.
While he managed 54 seasons with the Cubs, the Padres, Red Sox, Yankees, and Rangers, Zimmer won 906 games, and also received the NL Manager of the year in 1989 with the Cubs. Zimmer coached the New York Yankees through four World Series championships and was a special assistant with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Zimmer is survived by his wife, son Thomas, daughter Donna, a scout with the Giants, and four grandchildren.