YANKEES MOURN PASSING OF DON ZIMMER

By Rich Mancuso

I had the pleasure of meeting and interviewing Don Zimmer many times.  He was one of those old school baseball guys that you wanted to meet and the stories he told were always compelling. In the next day or so, I will offer more reflections about someone who loved the game of baseball and taught it well. Here are some statements on his passing:

STATEMENT FROM HAL STEINBRENNER, YANKEES MANAGING GENERAL PARTNER / CO-CHAIRPERSON
“Don spent a lifetime doing what he loved. He was an original—a passionate, old-school, one-of-a-kind baseball man who contributed to a memorable era in Yankees history. The baseball community will certainly feel this loss. On behalf of our organization, we offer our deepest condolences to his wife, Soot, their two children and four grandchildren.”

Major League Baseball Executive Vice President Joe Torre issued the following statement:
"I hired him as a coach, and he became like a family member to me. He has certainly been a terrific credit to the game. The game was his life. And his passing is going to create a void in my life and my wife Ali's. We loved him. The game of Baseball lost a special person tonight. He was a good man."