Baseball Legend Don Zimmer Dies

    PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 26:  Don Zimmer of the Tampa Bay Rays looks on during batting practice against the Philadelphia Phillies during game four of the 2008 MLB World Series on October 26, 2008 at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)


    Don Zimmer, the man who played with Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese and managed the Red Sox and the Cubs, died at age 83 on Wednesday. Zimmer, who worked in baseball for 66 years, was part of and saw many of the big changes in the game. For instance, he was the first man to play third base for the New York Mets, and was also the manager of the Red Sox during the infamous 1978 season, when Bucky Dent’s home run erased the Red Sox lead in a one-game playoff. Later in life, he was the bench coach for the Yankees during their run for four World Series titles in the 1990s. However, the most famous incident in his time with the Yankees may have been when, at the age of 72, he charged Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez during a bench-clearing incident at Fenway, and was subsequently thrown to the ground by Martinez.

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