Don Zimmer, a utility infielder who previously played for the Dodgers and Cubs, has the distinction of being the first 3rd baseman in Mets history. However his tenure with the Mets would be brief, as he appeared in just 14 games. After getting a hit in each of his first three games with the Mets, including a hit in his first at bat, Zimmer proceeded to go 0 for his next 34. After finally getting hit on May 4th The Mets rewarded Zimmer by trading him to the Cincinnati Reds two days later in exchange for Cliff Cook and Bob G. Miller. At the time of the trade Met manager Casey Stengel was quoted as saying, “We had to trade him while he was hot.”
In 14 games for the Mets Zimmer batted .077 with 1 RBI.
While with the Mets Zimmer wore number 17.
Don Zimmer also played for the following teams:
Brooklyn Dodgers – 1954-1957
Los Angeles Dodgers – 1958,1959,1963
Chicago Cubs – 1960,1961
Cincinnati Reds – 1962
Washington Senators – 1963-1965