The tributes for baseball lifer Don Zimmer continue to pour in after his death on Wednesday.
In the video above, legendary Dodgers’ broadcaster Vin Scully remembers Zimmer who died at the age of 83 in a hospital in Dunedin, Fla. Zimmer — who played for the last Brooklyn Dodgers team in 1957 — played alongside Jackie Robinson.
“He was, without a doubt, one of the most beloved players on the team,” Scully said.
Scully remembers Zimmer fondly in today’s Los Angeles Times obituary:
“In 1951, he married his high school sweetheart, Soot, on the field in Elmira, N.Y., where he was playing minor league baseball. In 1953, playing for a Dodgers minor league team and in an era before players wore batting helmets, he was hit on the head by a pitch. His skull was fractured, and he was in a coma for 13 days.
The Dodgers appeared in the World Series that fall. Scully said the players asked if Zimmer could sit in the dugout.
‘He couldn’t speak,’ Scully said. ‘He had had his head locked with concrete bags. He couldn’t move his head.'”
MLB commissioner Bud Selig also weighed in on Zimmer in a statement: “On behalf of Major League Baseball and the many clubs that ‘Popeye’ served in a distinguished baseball life, I extend my deepest condolences to Don’s family, friends and his many admirers throughout our game.”