ZIMMER's bat is a Louisville Slugger
(model S2) with a signature barrel
second baseman, Don Zimmer used
this bat in a July series at Busch
Stadium in 1955. He homered in a
6-0 shutout of the Cardinals in the
second game of that series in which
the first-place "Bums" took
three straight from the Redbirds.
a solid contributor to the 1955 World
Champs - hitting 15 homers and driving
in 50 runs many in the clutch
in only 280 at-bats.
Zimmer won two World Series with
Brooklyn, L.A. Dodgers
"Zim" drafted by the New York Mets from
the Cubs in the 1961 expansion
DON ZIMMER played on two World Series
winning teams with the Dodgers 1955 and 1959.
Don Zimmer began his Major League career on July
2, 1954, with the Brooklyn Dodgers at age 23. He played for 12 seasons
and ended his playing career in 1965 with the Washington
Zimmer was leading the American Association with 23 home runs and 63 RBIs on July 7, 1953, and was a highly touted Dodger prospect with strength and bulging forearms that gave him the nickname "Popeye," when he was hit in the head by a Jim Kirk pitch.
He was unconscious for almost two weeks, lost his speech for six
and dropped 44 pounds. This incident was instrumental in the adoption
of batting head protection in the '50s. He returned in 1954 and
was the Dodgers' second baseman in the 1955 World Series.
Zimmer was doing well in 1956 when a pitch from the Reds' Hal Jeffcoat fractured his cheekbone and ended his season. The scrappy Zimmer came back again and was the Dodgers' starting shortstop in 1958, reaching career highs of 17 home runs and 60 RBI but lost his job to Maury Wills in 1959 season.
He was traded by the Dodgers to the Cubs in 1960, and was selected
to the National League all-star team as a second baseman in 1961.
Zimmer was drafted by the New York Mets from the Chicago Cubs in
the 1961 expansion draft, and ultimately finished his playing career
In 12 Major League seasons, Zimmer had a lifetime average of .235 with 773 hits and 91 HRs. He played on two World Series winning teams 1955 and 1959.
AFTER HAVING his cheekbone fractured during
the1956 season, the scrappy
Zimmer came back in '58 and was
the Dodgers' starting shortstop.
Zimmer managed in the minors and coached for the Expos and Padres before spending 1972 and 1973 as San Diego's manager. He was a Boston coach when he was named manager in the mid-season of 1976.
In 1978, his Red Sox won 99 games, but lost the AL East title in a one-game playoff with the Yankees.
"Zim" piloted the Rangers in 1981-82, coached for the Yankees,
Cubs, and Giants and was named Cubs manager in 1988. He won the division
title, and AP Manager of the Year in 1989 with unorthodox strategic
moves (he likes the squeeze bunt with the bases loaded) and with lots
of rookies and journeymen in his lineups.
DON ZIMMER: Did you know...
...Zimmer signed before the 1949 season by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent.
...Zimmer was traded in April 1960 by the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Chicago Cubs for Ron Perranoski, Johnny Goryl, Lee Handley (minors), and $25,000 cash.
...Zimmer was drafted in Oct. 1961 by the New York Mets from the Chicago Cubs in the 1961 expansion draft.
...Zimmer was traded in May 1962 by the New York Mets to the Cincinnati Reds for Bob Miller and Cliff Cook.
...Zimmer was traded in Jan. 1963 by the Cincinnati Reds to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Scott Breeden.
...Zimmer was purchased by the Washington Senators in June 1963 from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
...Zimmer was released by the Washington Senators in Nov. 1965.
...Zimmer, as a Major League manager with the Padres, Red Sox, Rangers and Cubs posted 885 wins and 858 loses (.508). "Zim" was the AP Manager of the Year in 1989 for the Cubs.
...Zimmer was born January 17, 1931 in Cincinnati.
DON ZIMMER, above left, avoids the Braves' Jonny
Logan to turn a double play.
DON ZIMMER played for the Dodgers, Cubs, Mets,
Reds and Senators during his 12-year
Major League career.