Jan
05

Former Yankees player and broadcaster Jerry Coleman passes away at 89

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Former Yankees infielder and broadcaster Jerry Coleman passed away at age 89 on Sunday. He spent his entire nine-year playing career in the Bronx, hitting .263 with 16 homeruns and 22 stolen bases from 1949-1957 while helping the team to four World Series titles (1949-1951, 1956). Coleman has made several appearances at Old Timers’ Day over the years.

After his playing career ended, Coleman broadcast Yankees’ games for WCBS radio and WPIX television from 1963-1969. He returned home to California in the early-1970s and broadcast the Padres from 1973 through last season. Coleman received several military medals after serving in both World War II and the Korean War. He is the only MLB player to see active combat in two wars and he spoke to Bryan Hoch about his military service a few years ago. Condolences to his family and friends.

Categories : Asides, Days of Yore

19 Comments»

  1. S Savitt says:

    Ted Williams, marine fighter pilot . Korea and WW11.

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Williams didn’t see combat in WWII (he did in Korea). He and lots of other players served in two wars, but Coleman is the only one to be sent out into combat in more than one war.

    • mike_h says:

      Key word, combat. Yes Ted Williams served in WWII and Korea but he only saw combat action in Korea.

  2. Lindy Mc Daniel says:

    Rest in peace Colonel.

  3. vin says:

    Jerry Coleman definitely got his money’s worth.

    Congratulations to him on a life well-lived.

  4. Fernando says:

    Condolences to the Coleman family.

  5. Wolfgang's Fault says:

    Oh, so sorry to hear this. Dude won the 1950 Babe Ruth Award which was given to the MVP of the World Series back then & which the Yankees won that year by sweeping the “Whiz Kids” Phillies from Philadelphia. Like Brooklyn Dodger Jackie Robinson, Coleman also wore #42 — I believe a # that w/Mo’s retirement will now mean no other MLB player will wear. Following his playing career, he was part of the iconic Yankee broadcast booth back when Mel Allen (the real voice of the Yankees), Red Barber, & the Scooter were his booth mates. Seems like a million years ago & yet just like yesterday. The dude loved baseball & being a NY Yankee! In my mind, I always associate him & so many other former players from that era, both opponents & Yankees, w/the original Yankee Stadium.

  6. CashmanNinja says:

    Sad news and condolences to his family, but I think he was a great example of not wasting his life. He saw combat in two wars and many soldiers wouldn’t walk away from 1 war let alone 2. He then went on to have a very successful overall career and definitely made his own impact on the game in general.

  7. Jorge Steinbrenner says:

    Incredibly sad news. Obviously, I know his voice much more than I know his career due to age. RIP.

  8. Matt DiBari says:

    One hell of a life well lived.

  9. dkidd says:

    gone too soon

    a great great man

  10. jakegibbs4ever says:

    This sad news got me wondering about Jerry’s successor in the booth, Bob Gamere, who worked only one year in the Bronx (1970) before being replaced by Bill White. Scooter would occasionally call Gamere “the kid from Worcester” and I heard he’d returned to Massachusetts, but wondered if he was still alive, etc. He is, but what’s become of him is shocking: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Gamere

    • John C says:

      Wow. That is shocking. I remember Gamere the season he was part of the broadcast team. He was just terrible! Very boring. The 3 innings he was on the air couldn’t go by fast enough for me. I remember when the game was on TV and he came on, I would mute the sound and listen on the radio. .

  11. Macho Man "Randy Levine" says:

    Very sad to hear this. A great guy who obviously loved being a Yankee, even though he’s so closely associated with another team due to his post-playing career. He even managed the Padres for one year in 1980, Dave Winfield’s last year there. Rightly honored by the HOF with the Frick Award. He will definitely be missed.

  12. Too Soon says:

    That’s two former Yankees second basemen who became dead to me this offseason.

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