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Jerry Coleman

For the paranormal researcher, see Jerry D. Coleman
Jerry Coleman Jerry Coleman, August 2005 Second BasemanBorn: September 14, 1924(1924-09-14) (age 83) Batted: Right Threw: Right MLB debut April 20, 1949
for the New York YankeesFinal game September 29, 1957
for the New York YankeesCareer statistics AVG     .263 Hits     558 RBI     217 Teams Career highlights and awards
  • All star in 1950
  • 1950 Babe Ruth Award

Gerald Francis "Jerry" Coleman (born September 14, 1924) is a former Major League Baseball second baseman and, currently, a play-by-play announcer for the San Diego Padres.

Playing career

Born in San Jose, California, Coleman spent his entire playing career with the New York Yankees. He played 6 years in their minor league system before reaching the big club in 1949. Coleman hit .275 in his first year and led all second basemen in fielding percentage en route to finishing 3rd in rookie of the year balloting.

Coleman avoided a sophomore jinx by earning a selection to the All-Star team in 1950. He then shined in the World Series with brilliant defense, earning him the BBWAA's Babe Ruth Award as the series' most valuable player.

Nicknamed "The Colonel", a rank he attained in the military,[1] Coleman was also a Marine aviator and left baseball briefly to serve in the Korean War, and before getting into the sport, served during World War II. He was involved in many flying missions, and received numerous honors and medals during his time in the military, and has been honored in recent years for his call to duty -- even more so following the events of September 11, 2001.

Coleman's career declined after injuring himself the following season, relegating him to a bench role. He was forced to retire after the 1957 season, but he left on a good note; hitting .364 in a World Series loss against the Milwaukee Braves...

Broadcasting career

In 1960, Coleman became a broadcaster for the CBS Radio Network and in 1963 began a seven-year run calling New York Yankees' games on WCBS Radio and WPIX-TV. 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!

After broadcasting for the California Angels for two years, in 1972 Coleman became lead radio announcer for the San Diego Padres, a position he has held every year since but 1980, when the Padres hired him to manage (predating a trend of broadcasters-turned-managers that started in the late 1990s). He also called national regular-season and postseason broadcasts for the CBS Radio Network from the mid-1970s to the 1990s.

Coleman is also famous for his pet phrases "Oh Doctor!", "You can hang a star on that baby!", "And the beat goes on", and "The natives are getting restless".

During an interview in the height of the steroids scandal in 2005, Coleman stated "if I'm emperor, the first time 50 games, the second time 100 games and the third strike you're out", referring to how baseball should suspend players for being caught taking steroids. After the 2005 World Series, Major League Baseball put a similar policy in effect.

He is known as the "Master of the Malaprop" for making sometimes embarrassing mistakes on the microphone [2], but he is nonetheless popular. In 2005, he was given the Ford C. Frick Award of the National Baseball Hall of Fame for broadcasting excellence.

Coleman is believed to be the oldest active play-by-play announcer in the Major Leagues. In February 2007, he signed a contract extension through the 2009 season. [3] Coleman would be 85 at the end of that contract. In the fall of 2007 Jerry will be inducted to the Radio Hall of Fame as a Sports Broadcaster for his years as the play by play voice of the San Diego Padres.

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Preceded by
Joe PageBabe Ruth Award
1950Succeeded by
Phil RizzutoPreceded by
Roger CraigSan Diego Padres Managers
1980 Succeeded by
Frank HowardPreceded by
Lon SimmonsFord C. Frick Award
2005Succeeded by
Gene Elston
v • d • eNew York Yankees1949 World Seriesroster 1 Snuffy Stirnweiss| 5 Joe DiMaggio| 6 Bobby Brown| 7 Cliff Mapes| 8 Yogi Berra| 10 Phil Rizzuto| 11 Joe Page| 14 Gene Woodling| 15 Tommy Henrich| 17 Vic Raschi| 22 Allie Reynolds| 24 Billy Johnson| 25 Hank Bauer| 27 Johnny Lindell| 28 Tommy Byrne| 29 Charlie Silvera| 30 Ed Lopat| 36 Johnny Mize| 38 Gus Niarhos| 42 Jerry Coleman
Manager 37 Casey Stengel v • d • eNew York Yankees1950 World Seriesroster 5 Joe DiMaggio| 6 Bobby Brown| 7 Cliff Mapes| 8 Yogi Berra| 10 Phil Rizzuto| 14 Gene Woodling| 17 Vic Raschi| 19 Whitey Ford| 22 Allie Reynolds| 24 Billy Johnson| 25 Hank Bauer| 26 Tom Ferrick| 30 Ed Lopat| 36 Johnny Mize| 38 Johnny Hopp| 40 Jackie Jensen| 41 Joe Collins| 42 Jerry Coleman | 52 Tom Morgan
Manager 37 Casey Stengel v • d • eNew York Yankees1951 World Seriesroster 1 Billy Martin| 5 Joe DiMaggio| 7 Mickey Mantle| 8 Yogi Berra| 9 Bobby Brown| 10 Phil Rizzuto| 11 Johnny Sain| 12 Gil McDougald| 14 Gene Woodling| 17 Vic Raschi| 21 Bob Kuzava| 22 Allie Reynolds| 25 Hank Bauer| 30 Ed Lopat| 35 Joe Ostrowski | 36 Johnny Mize| 38 Johnny Hopp| 40 Bobby Hogue | 41 Joe Collins| 42 Jerry Coleman | 52 Tom Morgan
Manager 37 Casey Stengel v • d • eNew York Yankees1956 World Seriesroster 1 Billy Martin| 6 Andy Carey| 7 Mickey Mantle| 8 Yogi Berra| 9 Hank Bauer| 12 Gil McDougald| 14 Bill Skowron| 15 Joe Collins| 16 Whitey Ford| 17 Enos Slaughter| 18 Don Larsen| 19 Bob Turley| 22 Mickey McDermott| 23 Tommy Byrne| 28 Tom Morgan| 32 Elston Howard| 36 Norm Siebern| 39 George Wilson| 41 Bob Cerv| 42 Jerry Coleman | 47 Tom Sturdivant| 53 Johnny Kucks
Manager 37 Casey Stengel v • d • eBabe Ruth Award1949: Page| 1950: Coleman | 1951: Rizzuto| 1952: Mize| 1953: Martin| 1954: Rhodes| 1955: Podres| 1956: Larsen| 1957: Burdette| 1958: Howard| 1959: Sherry| 1960: Mazeroski| 1961: Ford| 1962: Terry| 1963: Koufax| 1964: Gibson| 1965: Koufax| 1966: F. Robinson| 1967: Brock| 1968: Lolich| 1969: Weis| 1970: B. Robinson| 1971: Clemente| 1972: Tenace| 1973: Campaneris| 1974: Green| 1975: Tiant| 1976: Bench| 1977: Jackson| 1978: Dent| 1979: Stargell| 1980: McGraw| 1981: Cey| 1982: Sutter| 1983: Dempsey| 1984: Morris| 1985: Saberhagen| 1986: Knight| 1987: Viola| 1988: Hershiser| 1989: Stewart| 1990: Hatcher| 1991: Morris| 1992: Winfield| 1993: Molitor| 1994: No Game | 1995: Glavine| 1996: Fielder| 1997: Alou| 1998: Brosius| 1999: Rivera| 2000: Jeter| 2001: Johnson& Schilling| 2002: Glaus| 2003: Beckett| 2004: Foulke| 2005: Dye| 2006: Eckstein v • d • eSan Diego Padres managers GómezZimmerMcNamaraSkinnerDarkCraig• Coleman • HowardWilliamsBorosBowaMcKeonRiddochRigglemanBochyBlack v • d • eMajor League Baseball on CBSRelated programs: Major League Baseball Game of the Week · Major League Baseball on CBS RadioRelated articles: Ratings for CBS telecasts · World Series television ratings · Television contracts · 1965 New York Yankees seasonCommentators All-Star Game · ALCS · NLCS · World SeriesKey figures: Buddy Blattner · Jack Buck · Jerry Coleman · Dizzy Dean · Frankie Frisch · Jim Gray · Greg Gumbel · Jim Kaat · George Kell · Tim McCarver · Sean McDonough · Pat O'Brien · Pee Wee Reese · Dick Stockton · Lesley Visser · Jack WhitakerLore televised by CBS: "Nasty Boys" League Championship Series broadcast by CBS 1990 (ALCS/NLCS) · 1991 (ALCS/NLCS) · 1992 (ALCS/NLCS) · 1993 (ALCS/NLCS) All-Star Games broadcast by CBS 1990 · 1991 · 1992 · 1993World Series broadcast by CBS 1990 · 1991 · 1992 · 1993 v • d • eBaseball Hall of FameClass of 2005BBWAA VoteWade Boggs(91.86%) • Ryne Sandberg(76.16%) Veterans Committeenone J. G. Taylor Spink AwardPeter GammonsFord C. Frick AwardJerry Coleman Categories: 1924 births | Living people | Major League Baseball announcers | Ford Frick Award | Major league second basemen | New York Yankees players | American League All-Stars | San Diego Padres | San Diego Padres managers | People from San Jose, California | Major league players from California | United States Marine Corps officers | United States naval aviators | American military personnel of World War II | American military personnel of the Korean War

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