Former Cubs manager Don Zimmer dies at age 83
The baseball world mourned Wednesday at the passing of longtime Cubs player, coach and manager Don Zimmer, who died at the age of 83.
One of baseball’s great personalities, Zim spent 60 years working in the game, including a 12-year playing career as a major league infielder. Zimmer was traded to the Cubs in 1960, and earned his lone All-Star appearance with the team in 1961. Following that season, he was drafted by the New York Mets as the 5th pick in the 1961 minor league expansion draft.
After the 1965 season, Popeye moved on to the next phase of his career as a coach and manager. He was the Cubs third base coach from 1984-86 and managed the North Siders from 1988-91. In 1989, was named Manager of the Year after leading the Cubs to a division title. Zimmer would later win four World Series titles as bench coach for the New York Yankees under manager Joe Torre.
Zimmer’s death was announced by the Tampa Bay Rays, where he was working as a senior adviser.