Legendary Broadcaster Jerry Coleman passes away at 89
Jerry Coleman, a six-time World Champion second baseman for the New York Yankees and a longtime broadcaster for the San Diego Padres passed away on Sunday. He was 89-years-old.
Coleman, who was born in San Jose California in 1924 and was signed by the Yankees in 1942, began his baseball career a bit late. The United States joined World War II in 1941 and Jerry Coleman felt it was his duty to enlist in the Marines.
He missed three years of his career to the war and finally reached the Major Leagues in 1949 after three seasons in the Minor Leagues. Coleman waisted no time making an impression, hitting .275 in 128 games for the Bombers that season. He was a key part of an infield which featured the likes of future Hall Of Famer Phil Rizzuto and slugging first baseman Tommy Henrich. The infield as a whole hit a solid .279.
The team went on to overcome the heavily favored Boston Red Sox and take the American League Pennant and eventually the World Series where they beat the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Coleman would help the Yankees repeat as champions in 1950 and 1951, earning an All-Star selection in 1950. Shortly into the 1952 season however, The United States went to war with South Korea and Jerry Coleman knew what had to be done. He returned to the Marines....
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