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Don Zimmer: 1931-2014

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Sad news here from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times ...

Don Zimmer, #Rays senior advisor and baseball legend, has died at age 83, son Tom has told the @TB_Times

— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) June 5, 2014

Don Zimmer had been hospitalized since April 16 heart surgery. “He went peacefully,’' son Tom told the @TB_Times

— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) June 5, 2014

Zimmer played in the majors for 12 years (1954-1965) and spent the next several decades around the game as a manager and coach. His résumé included time on-staff with the Expos, Padres, Red Sox, Yankees, Cubs, Giants, Rockies, Rays, and Rangers. Zimmer was truly one of the great baseball ambassadors.

Appropriate or not, he might be remembered most for charging at Pedro Martinez in the 2003 ALCS:

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