Former Yankees player and broadcaster Jerry Coleman passes away at 89

Weekend Open Thread
Fan Confidence Poll: January 6th, 2014

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.

Weekend Open Thread
Fan Confidence Poll: January 6th, 2014
  • S Savitt

    Ted Williams, marine fighter pilot . Korea and WW11.

    • Mike Axisa

      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

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

  • Lindy Mc Daniel

    Rest in peace Colonel.

    • kenthadley


  • vin

    Jerry Coleman definitely got his money’s worth.

    Congratulations to him on a life well-lived.

  • Fernando

    Condolences to the Coleman family.

  • Wolfgang’s Fault

    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.

    • http://Riveravenueblues Marty lieberman

      Highest worn stirrups I ve ever seen.

  • CashmanNinja

    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.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

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

  • Matt DiBari

    One hell of a life well lived.

  • dkidd

    gone too soon

    a great great man

    • cooolbreeez

      He had a pretty good run. He was 89.

  • jakegibbs4ever

    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:

    • John C

      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. .

      • http://Riveravenueblues Marty lieberman

        Coleman just a class act in every way. Just googled gamere, says he s serving 5 years for child porno issues. He s. 74. Check it out.

  • Macho Man “Randy Levine”

    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.

  • Too Soon

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