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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.
Opening Day is just four days away. As Cubs fans prepare for pitcher Jeff Samardzija and the rest of the squad to kick off the regular season, we here at Vine Line are counting down the days in a unique way. For every day remaining until the season starts—today’s number is four—we’ll commemorate some of the best players to wear that number for the Cubs.
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Former Cubs coach and manager Don Zimmer has been in professional baseball since 1949. He played for the Cubs as a backup infielder from 1960-61 and managed the team from 1988-91. Zim, known as much for his personality as his on-field exploits, led the 1989 Cubs to a 93-69 record and an NL East title. Unfortunately the Boys of Zimmer were ousted by San Francisco in five games.
Zimmer went on to win four World Series titles with the Yankees dynasty of the late 1990s. He is currently a senior advisor for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Other notable Cubs to wear the No. 4 include:
Billy Williams (1959), Randy Hundley (1977) and Lee Elia