Up above, Zim's 1965 Topps baseball card, in which he sports a Curly W and appears to have smelt a bad fart. Or maybe that was just the stench of the '65 Senators (who finished the season 70-92) wafting in the breeze.
Zim played for the Brooklyn and LA Dodgers, Mets, Cubs, Reds, and ended his playing career with the Washington Senators. Guess that makes him the original Zim in Washington (with apologies to Ryan and Jordan); and worth noting that he coached for the Expos in the 1970's. Via DC Baseball History:
Traded back to the Dodgers after the 1962 season, Zimmer would play in 22 games for LA in 1963 before being purchased by the Washington Senators in late June. Zimmer would finish his career with the expansion Senators, playing in 83 games in 1963 when he’d hit .248, .246 in 1964 and .199 in 1965, his last major league season.
One summer, Zimmer's wife Jean -- who has gone by Soot since she was a little girl -- packed up the family car with supplies, two children, and no air conditioning.
"She drove from St. Petersburg to Los Angeles. I think it took them five days," Zimmer said. Soot unpacked the car, then cleaned and set up the home for a full summer of family life.
"I get off the airplane, and [a member of the L.A. Dodgers' staff] said, 'You were just sold to the Washington Senators!'" Zimmer remembered.
So Mr. Zimmer called Mrs. Zimmer. "She said, "I've already got one bag packed.' It was on the radio that I was traded and she's already packing up to get ready to go from L.A. to Washington, D.C."
"And that's the way our life has been."
Rest in peace, Zim.
(Image via DC Baseball History)