Baseball fixture, and former Smokey Don Zimmer dies at 83

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP/WBIR) - The Tampa Bay Rays say former major league manager, coach and player Don Zimmer has died.

He was 83.

Zimmer died Wednesday.

He had been in a rehabilitation center in Florida since having heart surgery in mid-April. Zimmer spent more than 60 years in baseball.

He was a senior adviser for the Rays.

Zimmer was from Cincinnati and was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949. He spent 12 years in the Major Leagues with the Dodgers, Cubs, Mets, Reds and Senators.

He managed the Padres, Red Sox, Rangers and Cubs.

Zimmer has East Tennessee ties. He played 25 games for the Knoxville Smokies, then part of the Reds organization, in 1967. He also spent time as the club's manager.


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