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Former Yankee Coach Don Zimmer Dies at 83

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One of the most recognizable figures in New York baseball has died.

Former player, manager, and coach Don Zimmer passed away less than two months after having heart surgery.

Zimmer spent the first four years of his career as a Brooklyn Dodger and was a member when they won their only World Series in 1955.

He returned to New York in 1962 to play for the original Mets.

Zimmer, who was also known as "Popeye" and "The Gerbil," went on to manage four teams including the 1978 Red Sox which blew a 14-game lead to the Yankees and then lost a memorable one-game playoff.

He later came to the Yankees and picked up four World Series rings as Joe Torre's bench coach.

Torre released a statement saying he was like a family member to him and a terrific credit to the game.

He goes on to say baseball lost a special person.

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