Former MLB player and broadcaster Jerry Coleman passed away from trauma induced by a head injury after a fall in his home last month. He was 89.
Coleman spent his entire big league career with the New York Yankees as an infielder. In his nine seasons with the Yankees, Coleman hit .263 with 16 HR and 217 RBI. Coleman was named to the AL All-Star Team in 1950 and played in six World Series. He would have played in eight World Series, but served in the Korean War. Indeed, Coleman is the only MLB player to serve in combat in both WWII and in Korea. (Ted Williams did serve in both wars, but did not see combat in WWII). Coleman flew 120 combat missions, earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses and attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Marines.
However, Coleman is probably best known as a broadcaster. He began with CBS in 1960 before joining the Yankees radio and TV team in 1963 where he remained until 1969. In 1970, Coleman joined the California Angels. Two years later, Coleman became the radio broadcaster for the San Diego Padres. In 1980, Coleman moved from the broadcast booth to the dugout. After a last place finish in the NL West, Coleman returned to the broadcast booth in 1981where he remained until 2013.
Coleman was occasionally known for his malapropisms. The most famous of which was, “Rich Folkers is throwing up in the bullpen.” Notwithstanding these malapropisms, Coleman was bestowed with the Ford C. Frick Award in 2005. Hang a star on that baby.
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