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Happy Birthday Don Zimmer!!!

Happy Birthday Don Zimmer!!!

Don Zimmer turns 83 years old today.

‘Zim’ enjoyed a 12-season major league baseball career. And in those 12 years he played for 6 teams, all of them legendary – Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, and the Washington Senators. And while nobody would count Zimmer as one of the game’s greats with his career .235 batting average, he was a key contributor for these teams – even making the All-star team as a member of the 1961 Cubs!!

Zimmer is better known as a baseball manager. And while most people’s memories go straight to some of his highly publicized happenings while coaching the Yankees, my memories of ‘Zim’ are firmly planted in the home team’s dugout at Wrigley Field!! Zimmer was managing the team the year(1989) that my family moved to Chicago from Florida. Never having a ‘home’ team before, I was quickly swept up into ‘Cubbie-Fever’. And now, more than 25 years later I still have vivid memories of ‘Zim’ and his division winning team having one heck of an enjoyable season.

‘Zim’ was smiles every step of the way!! Happy Birthday Coach Zimmer!!!

Happy Birthday Don Zimmer!!!

Happy Birthday Don Zimmer!!!

Don Zimmer turns 82 years old today.

‘Zim’ enjoyed a 12-season major league baseball career. And in those 12 years he played for 6 teams, all of them legendary – Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, and the Washington Senators. And while nobody would count Zimmer as one of the game’s greats with his career .235 batting average, he was a key contributor for these teams – even making the All-star team as a member of the 1961 Cubs!!

Zimmer is better known as a baseball manager. And while most people’s memories go straight to some of his highly publicized happenings while coaching the Yankees, my memories of ‘Zim’ are firmly planted in the home team’s dugout at Wrigley Field!! Zimmer was managing the team the year(1989) that my family moved to Chicago from Florida. Never having a ‘home’ team before, I was quickly swept up into ‘Cubbie-Fever’. And now, more than 20 years later I still have vivid memories of ‘Zim’ and his division winning team having one heck of an enjoyable season.

‘Zim’ was smiles every step of the way!! Happy Birthday Coach Zimmer!!!

Happy Birthday Don Zimmer!!!

Happy Birthday Don Zimmer!!!

Don Zimmer turns 81 years old today.

‘Zim’ enjoyed a 12-season major league baseball career.  And in those 12 years he played for 6 teams, all of them legendary – Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs,  New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, and the Washington Senators.  And while nobody would count Zimmer  as one of the game’s greats with his career .235 batting average, he was a key contributor for these teams – even making the All-star team as a member of the 1961 Cubs!!

Zimmer is better known as a baseball manager.  And while most people’s memories go straight to some of his highly publicized happenings while coaching the Yankees, my memories of ‘Zim’ are firmly planted in the home team’s dugout at Wrigley Field!!  Zimmer was managing the team the year(1989) that my family moved to Chicago from Florida.  Never having a ‘home’ team before, I was quickly swept up into ‘Cubbie-Fever’.  And now, more than 20 years later I still have vivid memories of ‘Zim’ and his division winning team having one heck of an enjoyable season.

‘Zim’ was smiles every step of the way!!  Happy Birthday Coach Zimmer!!!

 

Happy Birthday Don Zimmer!!!

Don Zimmer turns 80 years old today.

‘Zim’ enjoyed a 12-season major league baseball career.  And in those 12 years he played for 6 teams, all of them legendary – Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs,  New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, and the Washington Senators.  And while nobody would count Zimmer  as one of the game’s greats with his career .235 batting average, he was a key contributor for these teams – even making the All-star team as a member of the 1961 Cubs!!

Zimmer is better known as a baseball manager.  And while most people’s memories go straight to some of his highly publicized happenings while coaching the Yankees, my memories of ‘Zim’ are firmly planted in the home team’s dugout at Wrigley Field!!  Zimmer was managing the team the year(1989) that my family moved to Chicago from Florida.  Never having a ‘home’ team before, I was quickly swept up into ‘Cubbie-Fever’.  And now, more than 20 years later I still have vivid memories of ‘Zim’ and his division winning team having one heck of an enjoyable season.

‘Zim’ was smiles every step of the way!!  Happy Birthday Coach Zimmer!!!

 

Happy Birthday Don Zimmer!!!

Don Zimmer turns 79 years old today.

‘Zim’ enjoyed a 12-season major league baseball career.  And in those 12 years he played for 6 teams, all of them legendary – Brooklyn Dodgers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs,  New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, and the Washington Senators.  And while nobody would count Zimmer  as one of the game’s greats with his career .235 batting average, he was a key contributor for these teams – even making the All-star team as a member of the 1961 Cubs!!

Zimmer is better known as a baseball manager.  And while most people’s memories go straight to some of his highly publicized happenings while coaching the Yankees, my memories of ‘Zim’ are firmly planted in the home team’s dugout at Wrigley Field!!  Zimmer was managing the team the year(1989) that my family moved to Chicago from Florida.  Never having a ‘home’ team before, I was quickly swept up into ‘Cubbie-Fever’.  And now, more than 20 years later I still have vivid memories of ‘Zim’ and his division winning team having one heck of an enjoyable season.

‘Zim’ was smiles every step of the way!!  Happy Birthday Coach Zimmer!!!

 

TTM Success: Don Zimmer!!!

Former Chicago Cubs manager, Don Zimmer, returned all 4 cards I sent to him in just 7 days!!  And all 4 were signed too…

This was the third time I tried to get Zimmer’s autograph in the last 16 months.   The first attempt is still somewhere in the mail stream somewhere.  The second try is sitting in someone’s office in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, and now this 3rd attempt is home safe with me.  And I am thrilled!!!

Zimmer was the manager of the Cubs when I moved to Chicago back in ’89.  That team went on to win the pennant that year and it was fun to watch Zim celebrate his team’s success.  I have very fond memories of that squad, and they are one of my favorite rosters of all-time.

Thank you Coach Zimmer.  You have made this Cubs fan very proud!!!

11 More TTM Requests Are In The Mail!!!

I told you I was serious…

It took me a little time to get organized, but now that I am, I will be going on another autograph through the mail request spree!!!

For this round, I am hitting up a few guys for a second time but also going after many new ones too.

I just got home from dropping these off at the post office:

The players:  Steve Avery, Fernando Valenzuela, Kelly Gruber, Jeff Kent, Don Mattingly, Bill Russell, Lee Smith, Don Zimmer, Bobby Thomson, Ron Cey, and Jeff Reardon.

And like always, I will share each and every success and failure with you as they are returned back to me.

And if all goes according to plan, I should be able to put together another round of mail after I attend a baseball card show this weekend and scoop up some more cards.

Wish me luck!!!!

1989 Topps – Pack #5

Here is what I pulled from pack #5 of the 6 that I will be opening today:

pack 5a

pack 5b

Notable:  Wow, Brady Anderson from way back, huh?  And check out Steve Sax and Bob Horner too!!

Pick of the Pack:  This one is a tie.  I like Tim Raines, and I love Rock Raines.  And then there is good old Don Zimmer.  Zim was the manager of the Cubs during the first year that I moved to Chicago – it was also the year that the team won the division.

15 TTM Autograph Attempts Are Out In The Mail…

Now that my Spring Training attempts at TTM are over, I wanted to jump right into the regular season.  I probably won’t send out a lot to active players but there are a ton of veterans still hanging out around the league disguised as coaches, announcers, and managers.  You better believe I am going to go after them with some gusto.  I’ve also got a nice stack of former Cubs that I want to try to get autographs from as well.

So here is my first attempt for some ‘regular season’ autographs.

The guys – Tom Browning, Damon Berryhill, Scott Sanderson, Ken Holtzman, Don Zimmer, Greg Gagne, Dan Gladden, Doug Dascenzo, Cris Carpenter, Terry Steinbach, Billy Hatcher, Jim Presley, Tommy Hutton, Cookie Rojas, and Dave Martinez.

As always, I will be sure to post my successes with you as they roll in.  And pics too of course!!! 

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11 More Autograph TTM Requests Going Out…

I plead Guilty.  I am hooked.  And my mailman is not going to be too pleased with the extra weight he’s got to carry around…

11 more autograph requests have been mailed.  I have been on a nice little hit streak lately so I didn’t want to let up.  I have a shrinking stack of cards that I want to send out for autographs, but my stack of signed cards is multiplying in quantity.  I don’t consider this to be too bad of a trade-off…

The Guys: Don Zimmer, Steve Sax, Frank Viola, Mark Gubicza, John Olerud, Dave Henderson, Tim Raines, Cecil Cooper, Tim Brunansky, Lou Whitaker, and Lance Parrish.

Wish me luck!!!

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