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Don Zimmer Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

Born: January 17, 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Died: June 04, 2014 in Dunedin, Florida
Don Zimmer (1931-2014) was leading the 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, lost his speech for six, and dropped 44 lbs. Inserted in his head were four " 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.
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