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Sunday, January 05, 2014

RIP Jerry Coleman

The San Diego Padres are deeply saddened by the news today of the passing of Jerry Coleman. We send our heartfelt sympathy to the entire Coleman family, including his wife, Maggie, his children and grandchildren. On behalf of Padres’ fans everywhere, we mourn the loss of a Marine who was truly an American hero as well as a great man, a great friend and a great Padre

Jerry Coleman was the voice of the Padres forever, except for that year he was the manager. I learned to love baseball listening to his voice.

Monty Posted: January 05, 2014 at 06:56 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. SABRJoe Posted: January 05, 2014 at 07:03 PM (#4630901)
an American hero as well as a great man, a great friend

Amen to that. You can hang a star on that life...RIP.
   2. AndrewJ Posted: January 05, 2014 at 07:09 PM (#4630913)
Jerry slides into Heaven with a stand-up double.

RIP.
   3. Publius Publicola Posted: January 05, 2014 at 07:24 PM (#4630935)
Yeah, a good man who lead an exemplary life. RIP, Jerry.
   4. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 05, 2014 at 07:26 PM (#4630937)
Played for the Stengel-era Yankees that won 5 straight World Series. Bit of a role player, but handy to have. Remember him broadcasting Yankee games in my youth. Not Mel Allen or Red Barber, but very likable. The only MLB player to see combat in both WWII & Korea. R.I.P.
   5. alilisd Posted: January 05, 2014 at 08:01 PM (#4630993)
Semper Fi, Colonel!!
   6. vortex of dissipation Posted: January 05, 2014 at 08:44 PM (#4631018)
"Coleman's SBD", by Stan Stokes. Note the number on the aircraft, and the number he wore with the Yankees...
   7. Jolly Old St. Nick Is A Jolly Old St. Crip Posted: January 05, 2014 at 08:54 PM (#4631022)
Coleman went to Korea and lost his job to Billy Martin, then got it back when Martin went into the Army, then lost it again when Martin returned, then got it back again when Martin got exiled to Kansas City in the Copacabana trade. I've sometimes wondered how the two of them got along, but Coleman was one guy I don't think Billy the Kid would've wanted to mess with.

He also got the key hit to clinch the pennant against the Red Sox on the last day of the 1949 season. And he was #42 long before Mariano was #42. It seems kind of fitting.
   8. Morty Causa Posted: January 05, 2014 at 09:41 PM (#4631045)
I don't know. Billy Martin would have sucker-punched Muhammad Ali.
   9. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 05, 2014 at 09:47 PM (#4631049)
can't beat post #2
   10. depletion Posted: January 05, 2014 at 09:50 PM (#4631052)
Condolences to the Coleman family and Jerry's friends. If I'm not mistaken, Mr. Coleman was responsible for one of the great lines in annoucing history: "Rich Folkers is throwing up in the bullpen".
   11. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: January 05, 2014 at 09:52 PM (#4631055)
. If I'm not mistaken, Mr. Coleman was responsible for one of the great lines in annoucing history: "Rich Folkers is throwing up in the bullpen".

He's gotta million of 'em
   12. Morty Causa Posted: January 05, 2014 at 10:08 PM (#4631062)
"One day after striking out, he (Joe DiMaggio) came into the dugout and kicked the ball bag. We all went 'ooooh'. It really hurt. He sat down and the sweat popped out on his forehead and he clenched his fists without ever saying a word. Everybody wanted to howl, but he was a god. You don't laugh at gods." - Jerry Coleman

If there is a Heaven, I'd tell him, after a combined 120 combat mission for both WWII & Korea, go ahead and laugh now, Jerry.
   13. A New Leaf Awakens (Black Hawk Reign of Terror) Posted: January 06, 2014 at 12:32 AM (#4631121)
This is terrible news for the Padres!
   14. Bruce Markusen Posted: January 06, 2014 at 07:57 AM (#4631161)
Between World War II and Korea, Coleman flew over 170 combat missions. Amazing.
   15. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 06, 2014 at 09:31 AM (#4631201)
My favorite: "(Dave) Winfield goes back to the wall, he hits his head on the wall and it rolls off! It's rolling all the way back to second base. This is a terrible thing for the Padres."

   16. yo la tengo Posted: January 06, 2014 at 01:05 PM (#4631389)
Joe Pos wrote a lovely piece about him at http://joeposnanski.com/joeblogs/rip-jerry-coleman/
   17. The Yankee Clapper Posted: January 06, 2014 at 01:11 PM (#4631396)
Fairly lengthy obit, noting Coleman's amazing 71 years in the game at MLB.com. That tenure is pretty rare in any industry.

EDIT: And read the column linked in # 16.
   18. Bourbon Samurai Posted: January 06, 2014 at 02:49 PM (#4631507)
Between World War II and Korea, Coleman flew over 170 combat missions. Amazing.


Huh, I never knew that about him. I did always enjoy his quotes, particularly that great Winfield one.
   19. simon bedford Posted: January 06, 2014 at 03:53 PM (#4631601)
one of my fave coleman quotes "We started with 53,000 people. Half are gone, but surprisingly, most are still here!", and number 2 is a great post

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