Don Zimmer's death brings outpouring of gratitude, remembrance
JUN 04, 2014 10:25p ET
Don Zimmer impacted many lives over one of the longest-lasting careers in baseball -- a total of 66 years as a manager, player, executive and coach.
It was a memorable life, for sure, and Zimmer was truly one of a kind. He played for the only Brooklyn Dodgers team to win the World Series, played for the original New York Mets, nearly managed the Boston Red Sox to a championship in the 1970s and was Joe Torre's right-hand man with the New York Yankees' most recent dynasty -- just to name a few of his many accomplishments on the diamond.
As news broke Wednesday of Zimmer's death at the age of 83, many took to Twitter to honor and remember Zimmer's impact on the game and his lovable -- and often irascible -- personality.
Zimmer's grandson, Beau Zimmer, a CBS television reporter in Tampa Bay, was one of the first to break the news with this heartfelt tweet:
Beau also sent out a series of photos in remembrance of Don Zimmer's "amazing baseball life."
Many others -- players, managers, baseball writers and fans -- tweeted their own notes of gratitude and remembrance in honor of Zimmer:
My heart is very sad. A HOF person and someone overlooked for his service has moved on. Don Zimmer RIP my friend and manager. @MLB— Johnny Bench (@Johnny_Bench5) June 5, 2014
When the team was struggling like this, I’d sic Zim on a couple guys & he always had great advice. To the family, so sorry for your loss.— Joe Maddon (@RaysJoeMaddon) June 5, 2014
Joe Girardi shed a few tears tonight talking about the passing of Don Zimmer. “Great baseball man. A baseball lifer. He was a mentor to me."— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) June 5, 2014
I was fortunate enough to know Don Zimmer and learn from him. What a true legend in our game. You will be missed by many Zim.— Stephen Vogt (@SVogt1229) June 5, 2014
As a 24 year old rookie Don Zimmer gave me a stern talking to about what it takes to stick around in the big leagues with very little talent— John Flaherty (@flash17yes) June 5, 2014
Had the pleasure to work w/Don Zimmer w/the Rays & I just want to take a moment to remember one of baseballs greats. You will be missed— Scott Kazmir (@scottkazmir19) June 5, 2014
Prayers to the Don Zimmer family! Wonderful baseball man and the game will miss him.. 66 years in the game #ClassAct— Kevin Millar (@KMillar15) June 5, 2014
RIP Don Zimmer. pic.twitter.com/EoeHN4iYuK— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) June 5, 2014
i heard don zimmer passed away baseball just lost a legend very sad news he will be missed and loved by many popeye you will be missed— Ozzie Guillen FND (@OzzieGuillen) June 5, 2014
In Don Zimmer’s baseball life, he became an original Met and a vital part of the Yankee dynasty— just a mere sliver of all he accomplished.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) June 5, 2014
One of the coolest things I got to do at my first spring training was interview Don Zimmer. Asked for 5 minutes. Gave me an hour.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) June 5, 2014
Not easy to be irascible and beloved but that was Don Zimmer. RIP Popeye, will be sorely missed.— Cubs No-Hit Streak (@CubsNoHitStreak) June 5, 2014
RIP Don Zimmer. The epitome of baseball in a 66 yr career, got married at home plate, played for Casey Stengel and fought Pedro Martinez.— Michael Polk (@redbirdpolk) June 5, 2014
Truly a baseball class act . So sorry to see you go, Don Zimmer. Rest in peace .... http://t.co/RSo4dotPNW— Neil Rothfeder (@neiluswheels) June 5, 2014
Don Zimmer spent 66 years working in the league he loved as a player, manager, coach and friend to all. A good man and a life well lived RIP— Eric Smiley (@ericsmileyKDBT) June 5, 2014
RIP baseball great Don Zimmer. Thank you for all the memories. A sad day in baseball, you will be missed!! ⚾— Seaside Gurl (@seasidegurl) June 5, 2014
To someone who dedicated 66 years of his life to baseball, Don Zimmer, you're awesome⚾️⚾️— Katie✨ (@HeathKatelyn) June 5, 2014
Truly a sad day in baseball today with the passing of Don Zimmer. Feel blessed to have been able to meet and speak with such a legend— Nevin Ashley (@nevin_ashley) June 5, 2014
Bummed to hear about Don Zimmer. One of the first older baseball guys I felt taught me the character of the game when I was becoming a fan.— Elliott Boswell (@Boswelliott) June 5, 2014
Baseball lost a great one today. RIP Don Zimmer. 66 years in the game. Unreal. Can't forget 4 World Series wins with the Yanks.— Yoda (@Yoda636) June 5, 2014
The Associated Press contributed to this report.