89 years old
from San Diego, Calif.
September 14, 1924 – January 5, 2014
Jerry Coleman, a decorated war hero, Yankee World Series MVP and Hall of Fame San Diego Padres broadcaster, died January 5 at age 89 after a career of more than 70 years in baseball.
Coleman signed with the Yankees out of the San Francisco sandlots in 1942 only to spend the next three years as a Marine bomber pilot in the Pacific theater of World War II, flying 57 combat missions over the Solomon Islands. Upon his return from the war he rejoined the Yankees only to be called back to duty in ’51. He flew another 120 missions in Korea and rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel.
“…In 1958, Yankees general manager George Weiss named Coleman personnel director, which involved Coleman scouting minor league players. Roy Hamey terminated Coleman from that position, when Harney became the Yankees’ General Manager. It was only after Coleman met with Howard Cosell that Coleman considered becoming a broadcaster.
In 1960, Coleman began a broadcasting career with CBS television, conducting pregame interviews on the network’s Game of the Week broadcasts. His broadcasting career nearly ended that year; he was in the midst of an interview with Cookie Lavagetto when the national anthem began playing. Coleman kept the interview going through the anthem, prompting an avalanche of angry letters to CBS.
In 1963 he began a seven-year run calling New York Yankees’ games on WCBS radio and WPIX television. Coleman’s WPIX call of ex-teammate Mickey Mantle’s 500th career home run in 1967 was brief and from the heart: Here’s the payoff pitch… This is IT! There it goes! It’s out of here!…”
You can read more about Lt. Col. Coleman here
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