Former infielder, manager and coach in Major League Baseball, Don Zimmer was born on January 17, 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is often called “Zim” or “Popeye" and started his career in 1949 at Campbridge of Eastern Shore League. He has played in Hornell, New York, Elmira, Alabama and St. Paul, Minnesota before he finally made it to the major leagues playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1954.
During the major leagues, he remained with the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was in 1958 when he played for the Chicago Cubs, New York Mets in 1962 and Cincinnati Reds. In 1963, he returned to the Dodgers just before he finished his baseball career with the Washington Senators. All throughout his 12 seasons, Zimmer had played 1,095 games where he recorded 773 hits, 91 home runs, 352 runs batted in, 45 stolen bases, and a .235 batting average
When he retired from his career, he managed in the minor league and it was on 1971 when he became the third base coach of the Montreal Expos. Zimmer was also able to manage the Texas Rangers, coached three times with the Yankees, and had coached and managed the Chicago Cubs where he led the team to the National League Eastern Division in 1989, thus, it made the Don Zimmer autographed baseball a valuable item in many fans. All throughout his career as a manager, Zimmer had won 906 major league games. He was hailed by the cubs as the Manager of the Year in 1989 leading to the recognition of Don Zimmer autographed baseball.