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Don Zimmer

Donald William Zimmer (Popeye, Zip or The Gerbil)

Positions: Third Baseman, Second Baseman and Shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 9", Weight: 165 lb.

Born: January 17, 1931 in Cincinnati, OH
High School: Western Hills HS (Cincinnati, OH)
Signed
by the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent in 1949. (All Transactions)
Debut: July 2, 1954 (Age 23.166)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 1955 season [*]
Teams (by GP): Dodgers/Senators/Cubs/Reds/Mets 1954-1965

Final Game: October 2, 1965 (Age 34.258)
Died: June 4, 2014 in Dunedin, FL
Cremated
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Fine Details  · Last updated Oct 31, 2014 9:17PM
All-Time Rank (among batters): #1738. Wayne Causey… #1739. Sam Mele… #1740. Johnny Rawlings… #1741. DON ZIMMER… #1742. Jack Boyle… #1743. Bill Coughlin… #1744. Walter Holke… 

Standard Batting

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Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
1954 23 BRO NL 24 37 33 3 6 0 1 0 0 2 0 3 8 .182 .270 .242 .513 33 8 1 1 0 0 6
1955 24 BRO NL 88 309 280 38 67 10 1 15 50 5 3 19 66 .239 .289 .443 .731 88 124 7 2 4 4 5 46/5
1956 25 BRO NL 17 21 20 4 6 1 0 0 2 0 1 0 7 .300 .333 .350 .683 78 7 1 1 0 0 0 /654
1957 26 BRO NL 84 289 269 23 59 9 1 6 19 1 3 16 63 .219 .262 .327 .589 52 88 8 0 3 1 5 56/4
1958 27 LAD NL 127 495 455 52 119 15 2 17 60 14 2 28 92 .262 .305 .415 .720 86 189 17 1 9 2 1 *65/47
1959 28 LAD NL 97 292 249 21 41 7 1 4 28 3 1 37 56 .165 .274 .249 .523 37 62 8 1 4 1 7 6/54
1960 29 CHC NL 132 402 368 37 95 16 7 6 35 8 6 27 56 .258 .307 .389 .696 91 143 9 0 5 2 4 45/67
1961 ★ 30 CHC NL 128 512 477 57 120 25 4 13 40 5 1 25 70 .252 .291 .403 .694 82 192 16 2 7 1 1 *4/59 AS
1962 31 TOT NL 77 262 244 19 52 12 2 2 17 1 3 17 40 .213 .267 .303 .570 51 74 6 1 0 0 1 54/6
1962 31 NYM NL 14 55 52 3 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 3 10 .077 .127 .096 .223 -39 5 1 0 0 0 0 5
1962 31 CIN NL 63 207 192 16 48 11 2 2 16 1 2 14 30 .250 .304 .359 .664 75 69 5 1 0 0 1 54/6
1963 32 TOT MLB 105 346 321 41 79 13 1 14 46 3 2 21 67 .246 .297 .424 .720 101 136 11 2 2 0 2
1963 32 LAD NL 22 26 23 4 5 1 0 1 2 0 0 3 10 .217 .308 .391 .699 108 9 1 0 0 0 0 5/46
1963 32 WSA AL 83 320 298 37 74 12 1 13 44 3 2 18 57 .248 .296 .426 .722 100 127 10 2 2 0 2 5/4
1964 33 WSA AL 121 370 341 38 84 16 2 12 38 1 3 27 94 .246 .302 .411 .712 96 140 8 0 2 0 0 5/9274
1965 34 WSA AL 95 258 226 20 45 6 0 2 17 2 0 26 59 .199 .284 .252 .536 56 57 7 2 1 3 1 254
12 Yrs 1095 3593 3283 353 773 130 22 91 352 45 25 246 678 .235 .290 .372 .662 77 1220 99 13 37 14 27
162 Game Avg. 162 532 486 52 114 19 3 13 52 7 4 36 100 .235 .290 .372 .662 77 180 15 2 5 2
LAD (7 yrs) 459 1469 1329 145 303 43 6 43 161 25 10 106 302 .228 .286 .366 .653 69 487 43 6 20 8 18
WSA (3 yrs) 299 948 865 95 203 34 3 27 99 6 5 71 210 .235 .295 .375 .669 87 324 25 4 5 3 3
CHC (2 yrs) 260 914 845 94 215 41 11 19 75 13 7 52 126 .254 .298 .396 .695 86 335 25 2 12 3 5
NYM (1 yr) 14 55 52 3 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 3 10 .077 .127 .096 .223 -39 5 1 0 0 0 0
CIN (1 yr) 63 207 192 16 48 11 2 2 16 1 2 14 30 .250 .304 .359 .664 75 69 5 1 0 0 1
NL (10 yrs) 796 2645 2418 258 570 96 19 64 253 39 20 175 468 .236 .289 .371 .659 73 896 74 9 32 11 24
AL (3 yrs) 299 948 865 95 203 34 3 27 99 6 5 71 210 .235 .295 .375 .669 87 324 25 4 5 3 3

Player Value--Batters

WAR Explained (v2.2): 8+ MVP, 5+ A-S, 2+ Starter, 0-2 Sub, < 0 Repl
Year Age Tm Lg G PA Rbat Rbaser Rdp Rfield Rpos RAA WAA Rrep RAR WAR waaWL% 162WL% oWAR dWAR oRAR Salary Pos Awards
1954 23 BRO NL 24 37 -4 0 0 2 1 -0 -0.1 1 1 0.1 .498 .500 -0.1 0.2 -1 6
1955 24 BRO NL 88 309 -8 0 0 -2 4 -6 -0.8 12 6 0.4 .493 .496 0.8 0.0 8 46/5
1956 25 BRO NL 17 21 -1 0 -0 -0 0 -1 -0.1 1 0 -0.0 .495 .499 0.0 -0.0 0 /654
1957 26 BRO NL 84 289 -18 -2 0 0 3 -17 -1.9 11 -6 -0.8 .478 .489 -0.7 0.2 -6 56/4
1958 27 LAD NL 127 495 -8 -1 -2 -7 7 -11 -1.2 19 8 0.6 .491 .493 1.5 -0.0 14 *65/47
1959 28 LAD NL 97 292 -25 0 0 3 5 -16 -1.7 11 -5 -0.6 .482 .489 -1.0 0.9 -9 $16,000 6/54
1960 29 CHC NL 132 402 -7 0 -1 2 3 -2 -0.3 15 13 1.2 .498 .498 1.1 0.5 11 45/67
1961 ★ 30 CHC NL 128 512 -8 -0 -1 -4 3 -11 -1.2 20 9 0.8 .491 .493 1.3 -0.2 13 *4/59 AS
1962 31 NYM NL 14 55 -10 -0 -0 2 0 -8 -0.9 2 -6 -0.7 .438 .495 -0.8 0.2 -7 5
1962 31 CIN NL 63 207 -4 -1 1 -2 1 -5 -0.5 8 3 0.3 .492 .497 0.5 -0.0 5 54/6
1963 32 LAD NL 22 26 0 0 -0 1 0 1 0.2 1 2 0.2 .507 .501 0.1 0.2 1 5/46
1963 32 WSA AL 83 320 2 -1 -1 -4 2 -2 -0.4 10 7 0.6 .497 .498 1.2 -0.4 12 5/4
1964 33 WSA AL 121 370 -1 -1 -1 3 2 2 0.0 11 13 1.2 .502 .501 1.0 0.3 10 5/9274
1965 34 WSA AL 95 258 -11 1 -1 -4 3 -12 -1.5 8 -4 -0.7 .485 .491 -0.2 -0.1 -1 254
12 Seasons 1095 3593 -102 -3 -6 -11 34 -88 -10.3 129 41 2.7 .491 .495 4.5 1.9 52 $16,000
LAD (7 yrs) 459 1469 -62 -3 -2 -3 19 -50 -5.6 55 6 -0.1 .488 .493 0.5 1.5 8 $16,000
WSA (3 yrs) 299 948 -10 -0 -3 -5 6 -13 -1.8 29 16 1.1 .495 .497 2.0 -0.2 21
CHC (2 yrs) 260 914 -15 0 -2 -3 7 -13 -1.5 35 22 2.0 .495 .496 2.4 0.4 24
NYM (1 yr) 14 55 -10 -0 -0 2 0 -8 -0.9 2 -6 -0.7 .438 .495 -0.8 0.2 -7
CIN (1 yr) 63 207 -4 -1 1 -2 1 -5 -0.5 8 3 0.3 .492 .497 0.5 -0.0 5

Postseason Batting

Year Age Tm Lg Series Opp Rslt G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB
1955 ❍ 24 BRO NL WS NYY W 4 12 9 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 5 .222 .333 .222 .556 2 0 0 0 1 0
1959 ❍ 28 LAD NL WS CHW W 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Yrs (2 Series) 5 13 10 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 5 .200 .308 .200 .508 2 0 0 0 1 0
2 WS 5 13 10 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 5 .200 .308 .200 .508 2 0 0 0 1 0

Standard Fielding

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Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1954 BRO NL 23 SS 13 8 8 82.0 49 14 32 3 6 .939 2 29 5.05 3.54 .959 5.15 5.12
1955 BRO NL 24 2B 62 62 54 534.1 328 154 166 8 54 .976 -0 -1 5.39 5.16 .974 5.48 5.43
1955 BRO NL 24 SS 21 12 12 129.1 65 28 33 4 9 .938 -2 -17 4.24 2.90 .964 5.02 4.98
1955 BRO NL 24 3B 8 1 1 20.0 10 2 8 0 0 1.000 0 12 4.50 1.25 .951 3.15 3.10
1956 BRO NL 25 SS 8 3 2 45.0 18 8 9 1 3 .944 -1 -19 3.40 2.13 .962 4.94 4.89
1956 BRO NL 25 3B 3 0 0 4.2 3 2 1 0 1 1.000 0 26 5.79 1.00 .957 3.09 3.03
1956 BRO NL 25 2B 1 0 0 1.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 0 360 9.00 1.00 .980 5.40 5.30
1957 BRO NL 26 3B 39 35 29 312.0 117 44 68 5 3 .957 -1 -3 3.23 2.87 .952 2.96 2.98
1957 BRO NL 26 SS 37 34 33 322.0 165 55 102 8 17 .952 0 2 4.39 4.24 .958 4.82 4.85
1957 BRO NL 26 2B 5 5 5 48.0 33 15 16 2 4 .939 0 5 5.81 6.20 .977 5.36 5.40
1958 LAD NL 27 SS 114 110 106 975.2 660 265 372 23 100 .965 -5 -6 5.88 5.59 .964 5.11 5.08
1958 LAD NL 27 3B 12 11 10 102.2 35 12 20 3 1 .914 -2 -29 2.81 2.67 .952 3.18 3.16
1958 LAD NL 27 2B 1 0 0 6.0 7 4 3 0 1 1.000 1 120 10.50 7.00 .974 5.40 5.30
1958 LAD NL 27 LF 1 0 0 1.0 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 0 360 9.00 1.00 .980 1.80 2.00
1958 LAD NL 27 OF 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 360 0.00 0.00 2.70 2.20
1959 LAD NL 28 SS 88 70 54 636.1 351 115 226 10 43 .972 2 3 4.82 3.88 .966 5.11 5.06
1959 LAD NL 28 3B 5 4 3 37.0 18 5 13 0 0 1.000 2 58 4.38 3.60 .950 2.97 2.94
1959 LAD NL 28 2B 1 0 0 2.0 1 0 1 0 0 1.000 -0 -60 4.50 1.00 .980 5.40 5.20
1960 CHC NL 29 2B 75 66 52 572.2 393 170 215 8 25 .980 7 15 6.05 5.13 .974 5.20 5.19
1960 CHC NL 29 3B 45 28 23 287.0 97 38 51 8 5 .918 -6 -24 2.79 1.98 .952 2.97 2.96
1960 CHC NL 29 SS 5 0 0 20.0 11 3 8 0 1 1.000 0 12 4.95 2.20 .960 4.81 4.80
1960 CHC NL 29 LF 2 0 0 1.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.16 2.00
1960 CHC NL 29 OF 2 0 0 1.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 2.16 2.20
1961 CHC NL 30 2B 116 108 99 944.1 622 282 323 17 99 .973 -4 -5 5.77 5.22 .976 5.51 5.45 AS
1961 CHC NL 30 3B 5 4 3 33.0 14 2 9 3 1 .786 -0 -15 3.00 2.20 .948 2.92 2.88 AS
1961 CHC NL 30 OF 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -60 0.00 0.00 2.25 2.10 AS
1961 CHC NL 30 RF 1 0 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 -0 -60 0.00 0.00 1.80 1.90 AS
1962 TOT NL 31 3B 57 53 41 452.1 168 57 103 8 9 .952 1 2 3.18 2.81 .949 2.95 2.92
1962 NYM NL 31 3B 14 14 11 117.0 51 12 37 2 3 .961 2 16 3.77 3.50 .949 2.95 2.92
1962 CIN NL 31 3B 43 39 30 335.1 117 45 66 6 6 .949 -1 -3 2.98 2.58 .949 2.95 2.92
1962 CIN NL 31 2B 17 8 6 96.2 49 20 26 3 5 .939 -1 -16 4.28 2.71 .974 5.30 5.25
1962 CIN NL 31 SS 1 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 5.40 5.00
1963 TOT MLB 32 3B 88 79 77 717.0 294 91 184 19 17 .935 -3 -4 3.45 3.13 .947 3.02 3.01
1963 TOT MLB 32 2B 3 2 2 20.0 8 2 6 0 1 1.000 1 42 3.60 2.67 .979 5.13 5.13
1963 LAD NL 32 3B 10 3 3 37.0 15 3 11 1 0 .933 2 62 3.41 1.40 .941 2.92 2.92
1963 LAD NL 32 2B 1 0 0 2.0 2 0 2 0 0 1.000 1 360 9.00 2.00 .975 5.40 5.20
1963 LAD NL 32 SS 1 0 0 4.1 2 0 1 1 0 .500 -1 -360 2.08 1.00 .960 4.78 4.80
1963 WSA AL 32 3B 78 76 74 680.0 279 88 173 18 17 .935 -4 -8 3.45 3.35 .947 3.02 3.02
1963 WSA AL 32 2B 2 2 2 18.0 6 2 4 0 1 1.000 0 7 3.00 3.00 .980 5.10 5.10
1964 WSA AL 33 3B 87 77 51 636.0 221 68 143 10 6 .955 3 6 2.99 2.43 .955 3.03 3.02
1964 WSA AL 33 OF 4 3 0 27.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -13 1.00 0.75 .980 2.03 2.02
1964 WSA AL 33 RF 3 3 0 19.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0 25 1.42 1.00 .983 1.89 1.87
1964 WSA AL 33 C 2 0 0 3.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 0.00 7.20 7.05 0 0 0 0 0
1964 WSA AL 33 LF 2 0 0 8.0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 -105 0.00 0.00 1.80 1.80
1964 WSA AL 33 2B 1 1 0 7.0 2 1 1 0 0 1.000 0 0 2.57 2.00 .980 5.14 5.20
1965 WSA AL 34 C 33 27 24 245.0 174 150 18 6 1 .966 0 0 6.17 5.09 .988 6.96 6.94 5 12 10 10 50% 34% 3
1965 WSA AL 34 3B 26 24 17 198.0 74 19 49 6 3 .919 -3 -19 3.09 2.62 .960 3.13 3.12
1965 WSA AL 34 2B 12 5 3 52.0 26 12 14 0 3 1.000 -1 -14 4.50 2.17 .978 5.07 5.06
11 Seasons 3B 375 316 255 2799.2 1051 340 649 62 46 .941 -9 -4 3.18 2.64 .951 3.01 3.00
11 Seasons 2B 294 257 221 2284.0 1470 660 772 38 192 .974 3 1 5.64 4.87 .975 5.40 5.35
9 Seasons SS 288 237 215 2215.2 1321 488 783 50 179 .962 -5 -2 5.16 4.41 .964 5.06 5.03
2 Seasons C 35 27 24 248.0 174 150 18 6 1 .966 0 0 6.10 4.80 .988 6.96 6.95 5 12 10 10 50% 34% 3
4 Seasons OF 8 3 0 31.2 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -4 0.85 0.38 .980 2.07 2.10
3 Seasons LF 5 0 0 10.2 1 1 0 0 0 1.000 -0 -45 0.84 0.20 .980 1.86 1.92
2 Seasons RF 4 3 0 21.0 3 3 0 0 0 1.000 0 17 1.29 0.75 .983 1.89 1.88
12 Seasons TOT 1000 840 715 7579.0 4019 1641 2222 156 418 .961 -11 -2 4.59 3.86 .966 4.45 4.40 5 12 10 10 50% 34% 3
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rtot/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Strikeouts s c a p y
1958 NL  92 (3rd)

Stolen Bases s c a p y
1958 NL  14 (8th)

Sacrifice Hits s c a p y
1958 NL  9 (6th)

Double Plays Grounded Into s c a p y
1958 NL  17 (8th)
1961 NL  16 (10th)

SB % s c a p y
1958 NL  87.50 (1st)

Power-Speed # s c a p y
1958 NL  15.4 (3rd)

Errors Committeds c a p y
1958 NL  26 (5th)

Def. Games as 2B s c a p y
1961 NL  116 (3rd)

Putouts as 2B s c a p y
1961 NL  282 (3rd)

Assists as 2B s c a p y
1961 NL  323 (4th)

Errors Committed as 2B s c a p y
1961 NL  17 (3rd)

Double Plays Turned as 2B s c a p y
1961 NL  99 (3rd)

Errors Committed as SS s c a p y
1958 NL  23 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as SS s c a p y
1958 NL  100 (2nd)

Total Zone Runs as 2B s c a p y
1960 NL  7 (1st)

Range Factor/9Inn as 2Bs c a p y
1961 NL  5.77 (2nd)

Range Factor/Game as 2B s c a p y
1961 NL  5.22 (4th)

Fielding % as 2B s c a p y
1961 NL  .973 (4th)

Total Zone Runs as 3B s c a p y
1959 NL  2 (4th)

Range Factor/9Inn as 3Bs c a p y
1964 AL  2.99 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as SS s c a p y
1954 NL  2 (5th)

Range Factor/9Inn as SSs c a p y
1958 NL  5.88 (1st)

Range Factor/Game as SS s c a p y
1958 NL  5.59 (1st)

Fielding % as SS s c a p y
1958 NL  .965 (4th)

                           

Hall Of Fame Statistics

Player rank in (·)

Gray InkBatting - 2 (2197), Average HOFer ≈ 144
Hall of Fame MonitorBatting - 12 (1095), Likely HOFer ≈ 100
Hall of Fame StandardsBatting - 14 (1250), Average HOFer ≈ 50
JAWS Third Base (309th), 2.7 career WAR/5.2 7yr-peak WAR/3.9 JAWS
Average HOF 3B (out of 13) = 67.4 career WAR/42.7 7yr-peak WAR/55.0 JAWS

Transactions

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Salaries

Salaries may not be complete (especially pre-1985) and may not include some earned bonuses
Year Age Team Salary ServTm(OpnDay) Sources Notes/Other Sources
1959 28 Los Angeles Dodgers $16,000 ? 2/10/60 TSN
1960 29 Los Angeles Dodgers $16,000 ? 2/10/60 TSN
Career to date (may be incomplete)$32,000
Primary salary Data (about) courtesy Doug Pappas, and the Society for American Baseball Research.
Additional 1915-1969 salaries researched via Baseball Hall of Fame contract archives by Dr. Michael Haupert of UW-LaCrosse.
Salaries for mid-season call-ups or traded players may not be shown.
Salaries converted to alternate years using Consumer Price Index (CPI) data courtesy of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Board.

Name Translations

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French: Don Zimmer statistiques
Japanese: ドン・ジマー 統計

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