Baseball icon Zimmer remembered in Windham
The former Major League baseball player, manager and coach, who died June 4 at age 83, had strong roots in the close-knit town and if you’d ask most of the town’s longtime residents, many would offer up a Zimmer story of their own.
But when the little girl started playing sports in her hometown, Windham was very short on fields, according to Diane Carpenter, president of the Windham Endowment for Community Advancement.
“Coach Zimmer would supply amazing memorabilia for auctions and fundraisers held in town over many years,” Carpenter said. “Whenever Don would come to town, Donna would work with the schools and he would come in and speak with students about the importance of good education.”
“Don Zimmer touched our community in a wonderful way,” Endowment spokeswoman Ruth Coole said, noting that many folks in town simply addressed the legendary coach as “Zim.”
With a baseball career spanning nearly seven decades, Zimmer is said to have met Babe Ruth, played with Jackie Robinson and coached Derek Jeter. He coached the Boston Red Sox in the 1970s.
Hosted by the Endowment, “For the Love of the Game! A Tribute to Don Zimmer,” will honor the baseball icon who never forgot about the people of Windham.
Dinner, auctions, live music and a special screening of a Zimmer tribute video will cap off the evening’s festivities.
All proceeds of the event will benefit the local recreation fund.
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