DeGregory: Don Zimmer’s wife documented every day of his 66 years in baseball

From Lane DeGregory at the Tampa Bay Times on April 6, 2015:

The last scrapbook has lots of blank pages.

It ends on the first day of January, with the Boston Globe’s Year in Review. “Gone but not forgotten,” the headline says. The full-page photo is of her husband wearing his Red Sox uniform, smiling sideways in the sun.

Since then, no newspaper had printed his name. At least not that Soot Zimmer has seen.

After seven decades, she thought her scrapbooking days were done.

Then someone from the Tampa Bay Rays called. The team was going to retire her husband’s number — 66, the number of years Don Zimmer had been in professional baseball, longer than anyone else. They were going to hang his jersey at the top of Tropicana Field. Would she come to the ceremony on opening day?

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Originally published: April 6, 2015. Last Updated: April 6, 2015.