Lest we forget: Don Zimmer

June 6, 2014

The testimonies are coming in fast and heavy for Zimmer, who was proud of the fact that he never drew a paycheck outside of baseball for 66 years. Zimmer passed away on Wednesday at the age of 83.

He published two memoirs since 2001, but with the assistance of Bill Madden: Zim: A Baseball Life (2001) and The Zen of Zim: Baseball, Beanballs and Bosses (2004).

Here‘s The New York Times‘ obituary by Richard Goldstein.

Unfortunately, Zimmer may well be remembered by more contemporary fans as the old man who was knocked to the ground by Boston Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez during a braw lwith the NY Yankees in 2003.

Here’s Brad Mangin‘s portrait of Zimmer as a member of the Chicago Cubs

Photo: I was sad to hear about the passing of Don Zimmer tonight. The baseball legend led an incredible life and was a great baseball man until his passing at age 83. This is my favorite image of him that I ever shot. The scene was Compadre Stadium in Chandler, Arizona in March of 1991 when I was covering my first Cactus League on assignment for The National Sports Daily. The Cubs were playing the Brewers, and I was shooting chrome on a pretty overcast day. Zim was managing the Cubs. RIP Zim.

And one with legendary baseball writer Jerome Holtzman by the Chicago Tribune’s Charles Cherney

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