Baseball Icon Don Zimmer Passes Away At Age 83

Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Don Zimmer
Don Zimmer
- photo by Tim Evearitt

Don Zimmer passed away Wednesday at age 83.

In 12 seasons and 3,283 at-bats with the Dodgers, Mets and four other teams,Don Zimmer produced a .235 batting average, 91 home runs and 352 RBIs. He was a one-time All-Star, with the Cubs in 1961, and participated -- barely -- in the two World Series with the Dodgers, in Brooklyn in 1955 and in Los Angeles in '59.

The teams he managed -- the Padres, Red Sox, Rangers, Cubs, and on an interim basis, the Yankees of 1999 -- produced a composite .509 winning percentage in 1,780 games and one first-place finish in 14 seasons. Interspersed with his seasons as a manager were 26 years of coaching that began with Expos in 1971, took him to Denver, San Diego, San Francisco, Boston, the North Side of Chicago, the Bronx and ended in 2006 in Tampa Bay.

Most of the public's recall of Zimmer was tied to his years with the Yankees and at Joe Torre's side. He was the club's bench coach and the personal good-luck charm of Derek Jeter from 1996-2003, during which the Yankees won four World Series. But he did have something of an after-career with the Rays, and when he worked for them, he extended his distinction as the last former Brooklyn Dodger still on a Major League field. 

--- Source: MLB.com


Dalton State Signs Dallas Vaughn To Women's Golf

Dallas Vaughn from White, Ga., in Bartow County, signed on to Dalton State's Women's Golf team Friday morning at the Ottinger Athletic Center. Vaughn was accompanied by her family, friends, and members of the Men's and Women's Golf teams. Vaughn is the only child of Tammy and Kevin Vaughn. West Georgia, Faulkner University, and Middle Tennessee  are some of the ... (click for more)

UTC Football: Thankful for Playoffs, Birthdays

As Americans gather this week to enjoy family, football, a Thursday feast and give prayers of thanks to the Lord for our freedom and many blessings, the UTC football team also has much for which to be thankful. While all other Southern Conference teams have concluded their seasons, the UTC players and coaches are thankful to be back on the practice field this afternoon in preparation ... (click for more)

Kiser Takes Witness Stand For First Time; Says He Did Not Kill Deputy Donald Bond

Marlon Duane Kiser took the witness stand at his post-conviction hearing on Tuesday to declare that he did not kill Deputy Donald Bond, who was gunned down at a produce stand in East Brainerd 13 years ago. Kiser had not opted to go on the stand when he was convicted by a Nashville jury and given the death penalty in 2003. He said he believes it was Mike Chattin, the man he ... (click for more)

Courtney Godwin, 25, Was Victim In Monday Night Fire In Hixson

Chattanooga firefighters battled a fully-involved structure fire in Hixson Monday night, and the incident involved at least one fatality.  Dr. Steve Cogswell with the Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Courtney D. Godwin, 25. Dr. Cogswell said Ms. Godwin died from smoke inhalation.   The first call to 911 Communications was received ... (click for more)

Chattanooga State Faculty Has No Business Being Involved In Hiring Decisions

This letter will hopefully bring some clarity to the recent situation created by the faculty of Chattanooga State Community College. It is based upon my tenure as a member of the faculty at Chattanooga State Technical Institute, the transformation to Chattanooga State Community College, and my service as the financial and administrative officer at Chattanooga State until my retirement ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Thanksgiving Conversations

I am not predicting this will happen but I have known it to occur – in the middle of the Thanksgiving feast there will come a lull in the conversation and you can save the day if you’ll immediately look at the person to your right and ask, “What is the smartest thing you ever heard somebody say?” It is an easy thing, because we all love wisdom, and the ploy comes to mind because ... (click for more)