A utility man until 1911, Zimmerman peaked in 1912, his first season as the Cubs'
everyday third baseman, when he led the NL with 14 home runs, 103 RBI, 41 doubles,
and a .372 batting average. The native New Yorker was traded to the Giants in 1916,
and he helped them to the 1917 pennant by capturing his third RBI title. But he was
made a goat in the 1917 World Series against the White Sox. In the fourth inning
of the sixth and final game, he made a throwing error. Then, in a botched rundown,
he pursued Eddie Collins down the third base line; Collins scored as nobody covered
home plate. New York lost 4-2.
Zimmerman and teammate Hal Chase were abruptly suspended
by the pennant-contending Giants toward the end of the 1919 season. The two had allegedly
tried to entice teammates into fixing games. Both were banned from baseball.