Godspeed, Don Zimmer. We lost a good one, sports fans.
For a few seasons in the minors, Zimmer and Richie Ashburn shared hotel rooms on the road. Ashburn went on to a splendid major league career mostly with the Phillies, and served for decades as their best commentator ever. Zim’s career was marred by severe beanings — one requiring physicians to drill holes in his head to relieve pressure — but he became a popular manager and coach, as well as a great baseball personality.
Zimmer and Ashburn stayed close. Invariably, whenever the camera would settle on Zimmer stewing in the dugout, Ashburn would mention their days as minor league roommates, and ask, “How would you like to wake up and see THAT every morning?”
We miss you already, Zim.