By Don Zimmer
In Zim, one among baseball’s so much eccentric characters and storytellers chronicles his lifestyles within the activity, from taking part in highschool ball in Cincinnati to his present position as bench trainer for the hot York Yankees. Don Zimmer’s profession has crossed paths with the game’s such a lot memorable humans and occasions, and Zim comprises all of them, from Babe Ruth, who lauded Zim’s group a yr earlier than he died, to the Brooklyn Dodgers, who drafted him as a possible inheritor to shortstop Pee Wee Reese, to Casey Stengel, who Zimmer performed for as one of many unique long island Mets. money owed of his tragedies — life-threatening beanings — and triumphs — dealing with the San Diego Padres, Boston pink Sox, Texas Rangers, and Chicago Cubs — provide a wide ranging heritage of either the fellow and the game.
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Apparently, they were playing a game at a different field that didn't have an outfield fence. When an opposing batter hit a ball to deep center, the prison center fielder ran for it — and kept right on running out to the street where a car was waiting for him. That was the one provision the warden had set down when he allowed the team to be formed. If anyone tried to escape, the team would immediately be disbanded. 24 ZIM I'm glad no one tried to escape when I was the manager. That first winter, especially, was a great confidence-builder for me.
For instance, if it wasn't for me departing the premises the Dodgers might never have won the 1955 World Series. Everybody remembers it was Sandy Amoros who made the saving catch off Yogi Berra in the seventh game that year. But Amoros was only in the game because our manager, Walter Alston, had the foresight to insert him in left field at the start of that inning as a defensive replacement. Jim Gilliam had been playing in left and moved to second base. The player who came out of the game for Amoros was me.
Besides myself, there was Joe Torre, who was a fan sitting in the left field upper deck at Larsen's game, and Bob Sheppard, the longtime Yankees' public address announcer. The 1957 season marked the end of an era in baseball in a lot of ways. For one thing, Jackie Robinson retired after the 1956 season — but not until the Dodgers traded him in one of the most shocking deals imaginable — to the Giants! We all knew Jackie was coming to the end of the line. He was 38, had slowed down and couldn't get around on the inside fastball anymore, and Alston was playing 44 ZIM him less and less.