Monday, June 9, 2014

How Don Zimmer took the reins from Clemente and Mays in Puerto Rico

Don Zimmer crossing home plate with Santurce
With a lineup that included Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays, it was very unlikely that a career .235 major league hitter would steal the spotlight, but for a week during the 1955 Caribbean Series, Don Zimmer reigned supreme.

Zimmer was the starting shortstop on arguably the greatest winter league team ever assembled, the 1954-55 Santurce Crabbers.

“We had a team that I thought that could beat two-to-three of the lesser teams in the National League,” Zimmer said in a 2011 interview.

Click here to read how the 5'9" Zimmer stood taller than his future Hall of Fame teammates Clemente and Mays during the 1955 Caribbean Series.

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