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Longtime baseball fixture Zimmer dies

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Don Zimmer, a most popular fixture in professional baseball for 66 years as a manager, player, coach and executive, died Wednesday. He was 83.

Zimmer was still working for the Tampa Bay Rays as a senior adviser, and the team said he died at a hospital in nearby Dunedin.

Zimmer had been in a rehabilitation center in Florida since having seven hours of heart surgery in mid-April.

Zimmer started out as a minor league infielder in…

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