DON ZIMMER ROAST
UNCASVILLE, Conn. - Baseball celebrities gathered in
The former Yankees bench coach and Red Sox manager was the center of
attention at a charity fund-raiser at the Mohegan Sun casino Saturday night.
Guests included former Yankees great Yogi Berra, Yankees manager Joe Torre,
former Yankees player and current Tampa Bay coach Lou Piniella, former Los
Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda and Yankees pitching coach Mel
"They say you can tell the character of a man by those who attend your
funeral. Well, look around here tonight," Lasorda said.
Berra drew laughter from the audience when he joked that he would have one
more World Series ring if it weren't for Zimmer.
Zimmer was taken out of the 1955 World Series in Game 7 in favor of Sandy
Amoros, who caught a ball hit by Berra that helped the Brooklyn Dodgers win.
"I could have had 11 rings if he was still playing in that game," Berra
Zimmer covered his face and blushed through the night, sometimes laughing
so hard he was crying. He said he was honored by the attention.
"It's a tremendous thrill to have your peers think that much of you,"
Zimmer, 72, has been involved in baseball for 57 years. He has six World
Series rings, four as a coach with the Yankees.
the Chicago Cubs.
Before becoming the senior adviser for the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Zimmer was
bench coach for Torre and the Yankees for eight seasons.
The event was a fund-raiser for the Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
More than 1,500 people paid $250 a ticket to attend.