Today's generation probably knows him best as the guy who bull charged Pedro Martinez during the 2003 ALCS:


And really that's a shame because former player/manager/coach Don Zimmer was a baseball lifer who's been affiliated in some way with professional baseball for 66 years (as reflected by his uniform number). From 1954-65 as a player (career numbers: .235, 91, 352) and then he bounced around managerial jobs from: San Diego to Boston to Texas to the Cubs (where he was the NL Manager of the Year in 1989). In 1996, he finally settled on the role where a lot of us remember him: Bench coach (most notably for the three-peating New York Yankees).

After 2003, he moved south to the Tampa Bay Rays whom he was a "Senior Adviser" for during both home games and Spring Training.

In his long, long career, Zimmer won six World Series' (two as a player, four as a coach), and was a two-time All-Star. He also authored/co-authored two books.

Today he passed away at 83.

As of now we're uncertain of the cause.

[via ESPN]