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Baseball great Don Zimmer dead at 83

Cubs manager DZimmer has reportedly died age 83. | Sun-Times file photo

Cubs manager Don Zimmer has reportedly died at age 83. | Sun-Times file photo

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Updated: June 5, 2014 10:04AM

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Don Zimmer, a popular fixture in professional baseball for 66 years as a manager, player, coach and executive, has died. He was 83.

Zimmer was still working for the Tampa Bay Rays as a senior adviser. The team confirmed Wednesday night that he had died.

Zimmer had been in a rehabilitation center in Florida since having heart surgery in mid-April.

After starting as a minor league infielder in 1949, Zimmer went on to have one of the longest-lasting careers in baseball history.

Zimmer played for the only Brooklyn Dodgers team to win the World Series and the original New York Mets, nearly managed the Boston Red Sox to a championship in the 1970s and was Joe Torre’s right-hand man with the New York Yankees’ most recent dynasty.

He played with the Cubs from 1960-61, coached for the Cubs from 84-86, then became the manager from 88-91.

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