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Jun 5, 2014 8:45 AM by Chelsea DeCesare

Don Zimmer dead at 83

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -Former major league manager, coach and player Don Zimmer has died. He was 83. Zimmer spent more than 60 years in baseball. He was a senior adviser for the Tampa Bay Rays, who announced his death.

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

Zimmer played for the only Brooklyn Dodgers team to win the World Series in 1955, played for the original New York Mets in 1962, 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 was a lifetime .235 hitter from 1954-65. He also was a manager for 13 seasons.

Baseball commissioner Bud Selig called Zimmer "a memorable contributor to baseball for more than 60 years," adding: "Don was the kind of person you could only find in the National Pastime.'

Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg called Zimmer "a national treasure and a wonderful man."

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