Wednesday, January 8, 2014

1978 Topps Baseball #63 - Don Zimmer


  • Topps did a nice job with these manager cards. It's interesting to see the pictures of these managers when they were players.
  • Don Zimmer started managing in the minor leagues at the age of 36 in 1967. When Zimmer didn't have a managing job, he coached for several clubs. He currently works for the Tampa Bay Rays during spring training and during home games. Zimmer has boasted that every paycheck he has ever earned has come from baseball. 
  • Here is Don Zimmer's managerial record:
    • Buffalo (AAA) / Knoxville (AA) - Cincinnati organization - 1967
    • Indianapolis (AAA) - Cincinnati organization - 1968
    • Key West (A) - Chicago Cubs organization - 1969
    • Salt Lake City (AAA) - San Diego Padres organization - 1970
    • San Diego Padres (1972-1973) 114-190, .375
    • Boston Red Sox (1976-1980) 411-304, .575, one near-AL East title in 1978
    • Texas Rangers (1981-1982) 95-106, .473
    • Chicago Cubs (1988-1991) 265-258, .507, NL East title in 1989, NL Manager of the Year in 1989