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Don Zimmer – a former Major League Baseball player, manager and coach who spent a total of 66 years in a professional uniform – passed away yesterday.

He was 83 years old.

Zimmer played alongside Jackie Robinson on the last Brookyln Dodgers team to win a World Series and then served as bench coach to Joe Torre during the Yankees’ dynasty in the 1990s.

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He also managed a total of 13 seasons and was serving as the senior advisor on the Tampa Bay Rays at the time of his death.


“Today we all lost a national treasure and a wonderful man,” Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement.

A teary-eyed Joe Girardi referred to mimer as a “great baseball man and a mentor,” while Derek Jeter told reporters after last night’s loss:

“Zim was around when I first came up. He was someone that taught me a lot about the game — he’s been around, he’s pretty much seen everything. His stories, his experiences.”

Zimmer batted .235 in big Big League career and won 6 World Series titles overall.

Zimmer is survived by his wife; son Thomas, a scout with the San Francisco Giants; daughter Donna, and four grandchildren.