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Baseball Legend Don Zimmer Dead at 83

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It’s a sad day in the world of baseball.  Legendary baseball player, manager and coach Don Zimmer died yesterday at the age of 83.

What you might not know is that Don Zimmer has local ties. He and his wife were married at home plate at Dunn Field in Elmira in 1951 before a game that he played in.

He went from hated Boston Red Sox Manager to beloved right hand man of Joe Torres with the New York Yankess.  This year marked Don’s 66th year in baseball. He was around so long that he even played with Jackie Robinson on the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1950;s.

Don started coaching and managing in the early 1970’s. In the 20 years he coached the Padres, the Red Sox, the Rangers and the Cubs.  In 1996, Joe Torre hired him to be coach.

Don had a lot of success with the Yanks and picked up four World Series rings to add to the two he won with the Dodgers.

At the time of his death, Don was working as an adviser to the Tampa Bay Rays.

The thing that I remember most about Don Zimmer other than he and his wife were married in Elmira is probably what you remember the most about him too.  Don got thrown to the ground by Boston pitcher Pedro Martinez in a throwdown that happened during a Yankees and Red Sox playoff game in 2003.

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