This Date in Baseball History – June 27

Don Zimmer

On June 27, 2000, while managing the New York Yankees, Joe Torre got into an argument with an umpire and was ejected from a ballgame. In the same inning, Yankees bench coach and former Smokies player and manager Don Zimmer got a piece of the umpire, too, and joined an exclusive club in the process.

Mick Gillispie told the story of Zimmer’s ejection that day and the two Hall of Fame managers he joined in that club during the sixth inning of the Smokies’ game with the Jackson Generals on Friday.

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The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.


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