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  • Don Zimmer, Babe Birrer and Dick Gray, former Dodgers players, pass away

    Don Zimmer played with the LA Dodgers from 1958 to 1959 and in 1963. 1958 was a decent campaign - he had 17 home runs, 15 stolen bases and 60 RBI.

    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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    Babe Birrer was Zimmer's teammate in 1958, making 16 relief appearances and earning a save. He died last year, but his death was not reported in this forum.

    Werner Joseph “Babe” Birrer, one of the legends of Buffalo baseball, died Tuesday in Brothers of Mercy Nursing Home, Clarence. He was 84.

    A right-handed pitcher, he was on the same staff as Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale during the Los Angeles Dodgers’ first season on the West Coast in 1958. One of his minor-league roommates was Tommy Lasorda and the longtime Dodgers manager became a lifelong friend.
    Read more:

    http://www.buffalonews.com/sports/bu...at-84-20131120

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    Dick Gray also played for the Dodgers in 1958 (and 1959) and hit .229 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI in 79 games. He slugged .472 in 1958. He died last year, but his death was not reported in this forum.

    The Dodger family received some sad news yesterday. Dick Gray, LA's first starting 3rd baseman, died on Monday. He was 81 years old.
    Read more:

    http://www.dodgersblueheaven.com/201...Blue+Heaven%29

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