Don Zimmer Baseball Collectibles & Memorabilia
1947 American Legion Junior Baseball Handbook, featuring Zimmer's 1946 American Legion team from Robert E. Bentley Post #50 Cincinnati. The team finished as 4th runner-up at the national tournament. Don (front row, fourth from left) is joined by his older brother Bill (third from left) and best friend Jim Frey (fifth from left).
1948 American Legion Junior Baseball Handbook, featuring Zimmer's 1947 American Legion team from Robert E. Bentley Post #50 Cincinnati. The team followed up its 1946 success by winning the 1947 national tournament. The team again featured Don (front row, fourth from left), brother Bill (fifth from left), and best friend Jim Frey (third from left). Babe Ruth was the featured guest at the tournament and presented Don and his teammates with autographed baseballs.
1948 Western Hills High School (Cincinnati, OH) featuring Don Zimmer in his Junior year. Don was a 3-sport letterman in high school, excelling at baseball, football and basketball. The Western Hills baseball team featured Don, brother Bill, and Jim Frey. Eleven members of the 1948 American Legion National Championship team (see above post) were members of the high school team. Don was the school's starting varsity quarterback and a guard on the basketball team. Zim autographed this yearbook at the 2011 National Sports Collectors Convention held in Rosemont, Illinois.
This 1951 PONY (Pennsylvania, Ontario, New York) League Baseball Guide features Zimmer during his minor league stop with Hornell. Zim set league records for runs scored (146) and stolen bases (63) while batting .315, and was named the league's MVP for the 1950 season. The guide includes both a team photo of the Hornell Dodgers and a nice close-up photo of Don.
1951 official Eastern League game-used "last out" ball from Game 7 of the Eastern League first round playoff series piting Zimmer's Elmira Pioneers against the Wilkes-Barre Indians. Elmira won the series 4 games to 3. Don Zimmer kept this ball, which recorded the scores of all seven games along with the date and series outcome, in his private collection for more than 60 years.
1954 official American Association team signed ball
of the St. Paul Saints, Zim's last stop in
Ticket stub from Zimmer's first major league home run at Connie Mack Stadium in Philadelphia. Zim bashed a Curt Simmons pitch for the game-winning hit and RBI, as Brooklyn defeated the Phillies with a final score of 7-6. Roy Campanella and Carl Furillo also homered in the game.
1957 Dodgers 8"x10" Promotional B&W Photo.
Circa 1958 Don Zimmer Autograph model Wilson A2135 "Ball Hawk" glove. The excerpt shown from a 1958 sporting goods catalog reveals that suggested retail price was originally $7.45.
Original 1961 NL Contract to play with Chicago Cubs.
1962 "Tops in Sports" vinyl record produced by the United States Air Force. This album was never commercially available. It was produced by the U.S. Air Force Recruiting Service as a Public Service Program and broadcast on select radio stations. Sports figures were interviewed by former New York Giants (NFL) running back and wide receiver Kyle Rote. Issued in very small quantities.
1968 Indianapolis Indians Scorecard.
1972 San Diego Padres Scorecard Program.
1973 Houston Astros Scorecard Program.
1977 Boston Red Sox Scorebook Magazine.
1978 Boston Red Sox Scorebook Magazine.
1982 Texas Rangers Spring Training Scorecard Program.
1982 Texas Rangers Informational Folder.
1982 Texas Rangers Souvenir Program.
Original 1982-1983 AL Contract to manage the Texas Rangers.
Original 1984 Photograph by Louis DeLuca, noted sports photographer for the Dallas Morning News. The photo is entitled "Pre-Game Jitters" and originates from the Sporting News Archives.
1985 Cubs Souvenir Program Magazine, with cover story on Chicago's coaches. Don was a third base coach in 1985, serving under long-time friend and high-school classmate Jim Frey.
Game-used lineup card filled out and signed by Cub's skipper Don Zimmer for a May 18, 1988 game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs, grounding into four double plays, lost 1-4.
1989 Cubs 8"x10" Promotional B&W Photo.
1998 TV Guide cover from week of September 19-25. Three different Yankee covers were issued that week - others featured Knoblauch/Jeter/Posada and Brosius/Williams/Martinez.
Autographed Red Sox hat was a box bonus from
Autographed baseball serial numbered #202/500 was a
Tampa Bay Rays stadium giveaway poster from Turn Back the Clock Night celebrating the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Championship Season held at Tropicana Field held June 23, 2007.
A program from the Andre Dawson & Friends Celebrity Softball Event held July 28, 2010. Zimmer was a coach of Dawson's team at the event, which was staged at Alexian Field in Schaumburg, IL to honor Dawson's recent HOF induction. Zimmer signed his personal section in the program, while the cover is signed by 14 retired stars; including Jerome Walton, Vida Blue, Leon Durham, Dale Murphy, Andre Dawson, George Foster, Dave Parker, Gary Carter, Al Oliver, Bill Buckner, Warren Cromartie, Bill Madlock, Bruce Sutter, and Mitch Williams.
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