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Dodgers Swap Don Zimmer

April 8, 2010 | 10:04 am


April 8, 1960: Don Zimmer, the Dodgers' vocal and often-angry backup infielder who thought he should be starting or at least playing, finally got his wish to leave L.A. as the big name in a four-player trade with the Cubs.

The Dodgers received three youngsters, including Ron Perranoski, who anchored the Dodger bullpen for several seasons.

Zimmer had been seeking a trade just about since the Dodgers arrived from Brooklyn. On his way out of town, he made it clear he blamed Manager Walt Alston for his troubled times in L.A.

"I know he doesn't care for me," Zimmer told The Times. "That's because I'm always after him to play me or trade me."

The Cubs weren't the answer for Zimmer. The Mets picked him up in 1962. He also played for the Reds, Senators and the Dodgers again.

--Keith Thursby