Friday, December 15, 2017
Tampa Bay Rays

Don Zimmer through the years

1949

After playing at Western Hills High School in Cincinnati, Zimmer signs with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He bats .227 in 71 games with the Class D Cambridge Dodgers.

Aug. 16, 1951

Zimmer marries his high school sweetheart, Jean Bauerle, at home plate in Elmira, N.Y., where Zimmer plays for the Pioneers, the Dodgers' Class A affiliate.

July 2, 1954

Zimmer makes his major-league debut for the Dodgers at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. He starts at shortstop and finishes 1-for-2 with a triple off three-time All-Star Curt Simmons. Zimmer finishes his rookie season with a .182 average in 24 games and wins his first World Series the next year.

1959

The Dodgers win their second World Series with Zimmer.

1961

In his second year with the Cubs, Zimmer makes his only All-Star Game appearance. He finishes the season batting .252 with 13 home runs and 40 RBIs while ranking among the league's top defensive second basemen.

1962

Zimmer becomes the first person ever to try on a uniform of the expansion New York Mets; before spring training at Huggins-Stengel Field in St. Petersburg.

Oct. 2, 1965

Zimmer plays his final major-league game, going 0-for-1 as a pinch-hitter in the Washington Senators' 6-2 loss to Detroit. He spends the next year in Japan.

1967

Zimmer makes his coaching debut as a player-manager in Knoxville, Tenn., and Buffalo. His teams finish 59-86, and he bats .195 before retiring as a player.

1972

After more than two years of managing in the minors and one as a bench coach with the Expos, Zimmer becomes San Diego's manager. The Padres fire him after two seasons.

Oct. 21, 1975

As Boston's third-base coach, Zimmer yells "No" at Denny Doyle on a flyout to shallow left in the ninth inning of Game 6 of the World Series against the Reds. Doyle hears "Go" and is gunned down at home for what would have been the winning run. That sets up baseball history: Carlton Fisk's walkoff home run for the Red Sox in the 12th.

1976

Zimmer becomes Boston's manager midway through the season and takes the Red Sox to three 90-win seasons in four years before being fired. His 1978 season ends memorably with Bucky Dent's famous home run in the AL East tiebreaker.

Nov. 12, 1980

Texas names Zimmer its manager. He's fired in 1982 with a 95-106 record, and Zimmer coaches the Cubs, Yankees and Giants over the next five seasons.

July 24, 1983

After George Brett hits a two-run go-ahead home run for the Royals, the Yankees claim he has too much pine tar on his bat. Zimmer — a coach in the New York dugout — later says he encouraged manager Billy Martin to ask the umpires to review it. Brett is ruled out, and his ensuing eruption is forever known as the "Pine Tar Incident."

1989

In his second season as the Cubs' manager, Zimmer is named the NL's manager of the year after taking Chicago to a 93-69 record and the NL East title. He's fired two seasons later from his final full-time managerial job.

1993

Zimmer works for another expansion team, serving as the bench coach for the Rockies' first three seasons.

1996

Zimmer wins his first World Series as the Yankees' bench coach. He adds championships in 1998, 1999 and 2000.

Oct. 11, 2003

The benches clear twice in Game 3 of the ALCS between the Red Sox and Yankees after pitchers Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens throw at opponents. The 72-year-old Zimmer charges at Martinez, who throws Zimmer to the ground. No one is ejected, but the game is delayed by 10 minutes.

Jan. 8, 2004

The Rays name Zimmer their senior baseball adviser. His duties range from spring training coach to pregame practices at home games and community affairs. He and his wife buy a condo in Seminole three years later.

June 4, 2014

Zimmer, who had heart surgery in April, dies at age 83.

     
   
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