Don Zimmer, who was an original Met back in 1962, died Wednesday. He was 83 years old.
Coming off his only All-Star appearance in 1961, the Mets chose Zimmer in the expansion draft. In addition to his play on the field, the Mets were probably hoping fans would flock to see the old Brooklyn Dodger.
Zimmer lasted only 14 games with the Mets in which he hit just .077. He was traded to the Reds in May.
Don Zimmer is better known for his post playing career. He managed four teams over 13 years, then was a longtime coach for Joe Torre with the Yankees. He famously tangled with future Met Pedro Martinez during the 2003 ALCS.
Zimmer suffered a stroke in 2008 and underwent heart surgery in April. He died at a rehab center in Florida.