Don Zimmer

Don Zimmer of the NY Yankees
Birthdate 1/17/1931
Death Date 6/4/2014
Debut Year 1954
Year of Induction
Teams Cubs, Dodgers, Mets, Padres, Rangers, Rays, Red Sox, Reds, Senators, Yankees
Positions Coach, Manager, Second Base, Shortstop

Every paycheck Don Zimmer ever received was from professional baseball; in 2015 the Tampa Bay Rays retired jersey #66 in his honor.

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Don Zimmer began his MLB career with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954 and ended it with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2014

Don Zimmer began his MLB career with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954 and ended it with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2014

Don Zimmer spend his entire adult life in professional baseball. Signed by the Dodgers in 1949, he began his career as an 18-year old with Class-D Cambridge. Zimmer spent the next 18 years getting paid to play the game he loved. Along the way Zimmer was part of two Dodger championship teams. The fir
The New York chapter of the BBWAA honored Don Zimmer with the William J. Slocum Award in 2010

The New York chapter of the BBWAA honored Don Zimmer with the William J. Slocum Award in 2010

The William J. Slocum Award is one of the most prestigious honors baseball has to offer. Created in 1930 by the NY chapter of the BBWAA, it recognizes those with long and meritorious service to the game. Seeing Don Zimmer receive the award in 2010 just makes sense. Zim started in professional baseba

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The William J. Slocum Award is one of MLB’s most prestigious honors

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William J. Slocum Award

The oldest professional sport in the United States, baseball remains America’s National Pastime to this day. The game’s current leagues were flourishing soon after the end of the 1800s. Every city with a team had multiple newspapers reporting their games. Sportswriters worked from stadium press boxes describing their team’s contests in great detail. The widespread news coverage helped grow the game.
In 1908 writers banded together to form the Baseball Writers Association of America. The BBWAA’s founding mission was to “ensure professional working conditions for beat writers at all MLB ballparks and to promote uniformity of scoring methods.
Early in the 1900s New York City boasted three big league teams, the Giants and Dodgers of the National League, and the Highlanders – who later became the Yankees – in the American League. The Big Apple soon became the hub of the baseball world.
One of the writers who covered the New York teams was William J. Slocum. Respected for his baseball knowledge and writing ability, Slocum quickly rose to the top of his profession. Well-liked, he helped organize the New York chapter of the BBWAA.
The Bill Slocom Award is one of the most prestigious awards baseball has to offer. The little-known honor has been given to more than 50 members of the Hall of Fame.

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