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  • Tom Veryzer and Don Zimmer, former Cubs players, pass away

    Tom Veryzer played for the Cubs in 1983 and 1984, serving as a bench player/pinch hitter.

    Detroit — Tom Veryzer, the man who preceded Alan Trammell as Tigers shortstop, passed away this week at the age of 61.

    Veryzer suffered a stroke last week at his home in Long Island, N.Y., and died Tuesday, the Tigers confirmed.
    Read more:

    http://www.detroitnews.com/article/2...#ixzz37AnoPSCa

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    Don Zimmer played for the Cubs in 1960 and 1961, earning an All-Star selection in the latter campaign. He had 13 home runs and 25 doubles that year.

    He had the jowls of Dizzy Gillespie, the chins of Alfred Hitchcock and the forearms of Olive Oyl's favorite sailor man. For most of his 83 years, he had a haircut that required minimum maintenance and a quick, disarming smile that significantly widened his face and belied his sense of purpose. Well before his time came, he had developed a silhouette like no other in the game. If nothing else, Don Zimmer was distinctive, a ball of distinction, you might say -- no corners, no angles, no edges. So round he almost was spherical.

    Zimmer, a baseball icon for the past six decades -- most recently as a senior advisor for the Rays -- passed away on Wednesday at BayCare Alliant Hospital in Dunedin, Fla. He was 83.
    Read more:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/mlb/...&vkey=news_mlb

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