DON ZIMMER - PRINTED PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED IN INK - HFSID 209844
Sale Price $126.00
DON ZIMMER3½x5½ printed photo of the Chicago Cubs manager (1984-1986) in his uniform Printed Photograph Signed in Ink: "Don Zimmer". B/w, 3½x5½. Don Zimmer (1931-2014) was leading the minor league's American Association with 23 HR and 63 RBI in 1953 when he was hit in the head by a pitch. He was unconscious for almost two weeks, unable to speak for six, and dropped a total of 46 lbs. Inserted in his head were four "buttons...like tapered corkscrews in a bottle," he explained. He was doing well in 1956 when another pitch fractured his cheekbone and ended his season. Built like a fireplug and nicknamed "Popeye" for his strength, the scrappy Zimmer came back again and was the Dodgers' starting shortstop in 1958, reaching career highs of 17 HR and 60 RBI. After his playing career ended, he managed the Red Sox, Rangers and Cubs. In the third game of the 2003 AL Championship Series between the Yankees and Red Sox, a brawl broke out and Pedro Martinez threw Zimmer, New York's bench coach, to the ground after the 72-year-old man charged the Red Sox pitcher. Lightly soiled at blank top margin. Otherwise, fine condition.
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