Don & Soot Zimmer Love Story - The Special WomanBaseball lost one of its most beloved characters Wednesday night with the death of Don Zimmer at age 83.
Zimmer had been in a rehabilitation center in Dunedin, Fla., since having seven hours of heart surgery in mid-April.
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Zimmer was teammate of Jackie Robinson, played for Hall of Fame managers Walter Alston and Casey Stengel and coached Derek Jeter — quite a span, by any major league measure.
"Zim was around when I first came up. He was someone that taught me a lot about the game — he's been around, he's pretty much seen everything," Jeter said after the Yankees lost to Oakland 7-4. "His stories, his experiences."
His tenure in baseball was nearly cut short in 1953, however, when while playing in the minors he was beaned and left in a coma. Doctors had to put metal screws in his head...
Original Article: http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/story/2014-06-04/don-zimmer-dies-rays-yankees-cubs-dodgers
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