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For more than half a century, Don Zimmer, baseball's beloved gerbil, has been the Zelig of the national pastime, the character in the corner of so many interesting pictures. He may have been only--as he likes to remind us throughout Zim: A Baseball Life--a .235 hitter, but he was a .235 hitter who played with Jackie Robinson on the only Brooklyn team to win a World Series. A year later, he was there, on the bench, when Don Larsen threw his perfect game. More than just an original Met, Zim was the first player ever photographed in a Mets uniform. As the Red Sox third-base coach in 1975, it was Zim who waved Carlton Fisk home in the bottom of the 12th to end the greatest World Series game ever played. Three years later, it was Zim, now the Sox manager, who watched in despair as Yankee shortstop Bucky Dent sealed one of the greatest late-season collapses in the annals of the game when Dent's pennant-winning homer settled into the net atop the Green Monster. Of course, it was Zim who led the Cubs, of all teams, to a rare postseason appearance, and, approaching 70 at the turn of the millennium, it was Zim who added four championship rings to his collection as Joe Torre's bench coach in the Bronx.

Bridging the gap between the game's early years of integration and the advent of the $200-million-plus contract, Zim hasn't just witnessed the history of the second half of 20th-century baseball, he's embodied it, and he remembers it with a genial charm and disarming honesty that turns Zim into one of the more spirited and beguiling baseball memoirs to step up in some time. "I've had a hell of a life," he admits with an amazed cheerfulness that's evident on every page. --Jeff Silverman -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.


"Zimmer's baseball life has been a full one, and half a century of his stories makes for a bountiful book." - Allen St. John, "New York Times Book Review". "On every page, he is there to be appreciated for his journey as a player, manager, and coach for more than half a century as well as for his wisdom, his humor, and just being himself." - Dave Anderson, "New York Times". "Zimmer closes his book by saying, 'For a lifetime .235 hitter, I've had a hell of a life,' and on that score he is unassailable. One could add that for a lifetime .235 hitter, he's written a heck of a memoir." - Michael Prager, "Boston Globe".For more than half a century, Don Zimmer has lived "a baseball life," crossing paths with some of the game's most memorable people and events. In "Zim", he takes you everywhere he's been over his remarkable baseball journey, from his near-fatal beaning to his adventures with "Dem Bums" in the 1950s to the championship years in the Bronx as Joe Torre's bench coach. Told with refreshing humility and disarming honesty, "Zim" offers a panoramic history of both the sport and the man, told with a feel for the game that is uniquely Zimmer's.

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A must read for any sports fan 28. März 2001
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You don't need to be a Yankee fan, just a fan of fascinating sports stories that span generations. Madden is an excellent author, and wildly suceeds weaving together the intricate stories of Don Zimmer's long experiences on and off the field. A heartfelt opening by Joe Torre completes a great package. If you are a sports fan, buy it and enjoy. If you are a Yankee fan, shame on you for not having this already!
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Thanks, Zim 5. Juni 2001
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Kudos to Don Zimmer and his co-author. 'Zim' covers it all, from the glory days of the Brooklyn Dodgers to the current New York Yankee dynasty. If you want a solid overview of the baseball world from the 1950s to the 1990s, this is your book. Zim tells it with humility but also tells it like it is, with great vignettes. All this from a guy who was almost killed three times by flying baseballs. Baseball needs more guys like this, and more books like this, too.
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Fat, Bald, and Funny 10. März 2002
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Who's the answer to more baseball trivia questions than anyone else in history? Don Zimmer, of course. "Zim: A Baseball Life" is 52 years' worth of anecdotes from the one guy who's been everywhere and seen it all.
Zim's the only man to have been in uniform at all three New York Yankees' perfect games (the first and last of which were 43 years apart); he played a pivotal role in the Brooklyn Dodgers' lone World Series victory (by coming out of the game early); he was the first to play third base for the New York Mets (hundreds have followed, and, like Zim, none lasted very long); and he managed the 1978 Boston Red Sox when Bucky Dent hit that pop fly over the Green Monster on October 2nd.
"Zim" is a fast read, spilling over with Zim stories on every page. It's written on a very simple level, but is meticulously researched and, as a result, is completely authoritative. A couple of factual errors pop up, yes, which co-writer Bill Madden probably could have caught (Zim is said to have received roses when the Yankees won the 1999 season opener; news that is surprising when you remember the Yanks lost that game), but overall the errors, like strands of Zim's hair, are few and far between.
The 2002 baseball season is about to begin and, no surprise, Zimmer will be there in uniform again. He's a funny guy (and a funny-looking guy) and it does the troubled sport of baseball a world of good that Zimmer is still around, the link between Pee Wee Reese and Derek Jeter, Clem Labine and Mariano Rivera, Sal Maglie and Roger Clemens, Walter O'Malley and George Steinbrenner. Here's hoping Zim has another half-century's worth of stories left in that massive belly of his.
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Very entertaining! 28. August 2001
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This is one of the best baseball books I've ever read, and I've read my share of baseball books. He reviews his playing career first, and then goes into his career as manager with several teams and finally his latest incarnation as bench coach. He is refreshingly honest with his opinions of different players, coaches, and managers. He even pulls no punches when talking about the legendary Joe DiMaggio. There are several funny moments in the book as you would expect from someone who's been involved in baseball for over 53 years. One of the best parts in the book is when he counters Fergie Jenkins' claims that he was demoted to the bullpen by a "fat, ugly, bald man who knows nothing about pitching" by saying that Jenkins was right on 3 counts. He admits that he is "fat, ugly, and bald!" What a classic. Baseball needs more people like Zim and I wish there were more books out there like this one.
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Full of Wondrous Stories 6. November 2002
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This book is the autobiography of a man who in his own words was "a liftime .235 hitter." But oh what a .235 hitter! A man who played with Jackie Robunson, Pee Wee Reese, and several other famous Brooklyn Dodgers, who while managing the Red Sox had a pitcher who called him a "gerbil," and dealt with a "clueless owner" while managing the Rangers, and who was fortunate enough to be part of the Yankees' late 90s dynasty. And the stories he tells in this book are ones worthy of a man who has been in baseball over 50 years. His times with the Dodgers, his reign as manager of the perenially hopeless Chicago Cubs, his times as bench coach with the Yankees. And yet he has a kind word for virtually everyone he has either played with or against, or managed or coached, with the exception of Bill Lee. It's apparent the two did not get along, then again I'm not sure how I'd handle being called a "gerbil" either.
This book shows "Zim" to be a delight both on and off the baseball field and a man who has seen virtually everything in his baseball life.
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