Portrait of Don Zimmer

Don Zimmer passed away Wed. at age 83

Don Zimmer, the original third baseman of the Mets, passed away Wednesday at the age of 83.

Zimmer’s son, Tom, said his father died peacefully. He had been hospitalized since April 16 after having heart surgery.

He played 12 seasons and more than 1,000 games in the big leagues, including Opening Day 1962 with the Mets, who took him from the Cubs in the expansion draft before that season. The next month, the Mets traded him to the Reds for pitcher Bob Miller and infielder Cliff Cook.

“We are saddened by the passing of Don Zimmer, an original Met, who played in our very first game,” the Mets said. “He gave six decades of his life to baseball. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”




13 comments
Doubleday
Doubleday

Saddened by this loss.  May he rest in peace.

L.a. Henry
L.a. Henry

A class act!!! Zimmer gave his life AND his health to baseball. He had two horrible beanings in the '50's that shortened his career. God Bless You and rest in peace.

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

A disappearing breed in MLB. Should have just head-butter Pedro.

mets1973
mets1973

I wonder how far he would have gone as a player if he hadn't suffered serious injuries from being beaned. One of those beanings put him in the hospital for several weeks and required the insertion of a steel plate in his skull. This was in the days before helmets were mandatory.

hankypanky
hankypanky

I remember when he was an up-and-coming rookie on the Brooklyn Dodgers. He showed a lot of promise, but played in the shadow of players who were legends.

qualcomm
qualcomm

Wow, he looks like Duda in this pic. RIP.

scottk
scottk

Their are not many people left in the game like this man ! RIP Don and that's for all you have done for the game we all love

Ron W. Davis
Ron W. Davis

Except for Pedro Martinez who does not like Popeye Don Zimmer. Baseball lost a great embassador to the game. Played on two NY teams and coached on the 3rd. A orginal Met 3rd baseman. A class act . We need more Don ZImmers we lost one yesterday. 


nolrog
nolrog

"Zimmer met Babe Ruth (in 1947), was a teammate of Jackie Robinson (1954-56) and played for Casey Stengel (1962). He was in uniform for some of the most iconic teams in history: the team that lost the most games ('62 Mets) and the team, including postseason play, that won the most games ('98 Yankees). He was in uniform for the only World Series championship for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1955), one of the most famous World Series home runs (Carlton Fisk's shot in 1975), one of the most famous regular season home runs (Bucky Dent in 1978), the Pine Tar Game (1983), the first night game at Wrigley Field (1988), the first game in Rockies history (1993), and all three perfect games thrown at Yankee Stadium (Don Larsen, David Wells and David Cone)."

scottk
scottk

@Ron W. Davis  Why would you even go there with Padro !!! SMH.. DUMB purely DUMB !