Longtime baseball fixture Don Zimmer dies at 83

FILE - In this July 26, 1976, file

FILE - In this July 26, 1976, file photo, Boston Red Sox manager Don Zimmer, his left cheek ballooned out with chewing tobacco, scans the home crowd at Fenway Park, prior to Boston's game with the Cleveland Indians, Zimmer's first home game as the baseball team's new skipper. 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, June 4, 2014, that he had died. Zimmer had been in a rehabilitation center in Florida since having heart surgery in mid-April. (AP Photo/File) (Credit: AP)

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(FILES) In this March 2, 2001 file photo, Don Zimmer 1931-2014

(AP) Don Zimmer wasn't a fixture in baseball forever. It just seemed that way.

He played alongside Jackie Robinson on the only Brooklyn Dodgers team to win the World Series. He coached Derek Jeter on the New York Yankees' latest dynasty. And his manager once was the illustrious Casey Stengel.

For 66 years, Zimmer was a most popular presence at ballparks all over, a huge chaw often filling...

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