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Jerry Coleman statue stayed open for fans to pay their respects. From the Padres Instagram.+ 10 Notes / Sun Jan 5th, 2014 ≡ reblog
Iconic Padres Hall of Fame broadcaster Jerry Coleman passed away on Sunday, the team announced in a release. He was 89.
Coleman played nine seasons with the Yankees (1949-57) and had an illustrious career as a broadcaster and as a Marine, where he was the only Major League player to see active duty in two wars — World War II and the Korean conflict.
"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," the statement read.
Coleman spent 71 years in baseball, as an infielder for the Yankees and later a broadcaster. He was the 2005 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award.
"Jerry Coleman was a hero and a role model to myself and countless others in the game of Baseball," Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "He had a memorable, multifaceted career in the National Pastime — as an All-Star during the great Yankees’ dynasty from 1949-1953, a manager and, for more than a half-century, a beloved broadcaster, including as an exemplary ambassador for the San Diego Padres. But above all, Jerry’s decorated service to our country in both World War II and Korea made him an integral part of the Greatest Generation. He was a true friend whose counsel I valued greatly.
"Major League Baseball began its support of Welcome Back Veterans to honor the vibrant legacy of heroes like Jerry Coleman. Our entire sport mourns the loss of this fine gentleman, and I extend my deepest condolences to his family, friends, fans of the Padres and the Yankees, and his many admirers in Baseball and beyond."
Coleman became a broadcaster in 1960, and in 1972 became the lead radio broadcaster for the Padres. He called games for the team every season thereafter, except in 1980 when he served as the manager. Coleman had worked an abbreviated schedule in recent years.
The Padres announced that the Jerry Coleman statue — which was unveiled in a ceremony in 2012 — will remain open until 11:30 p.m. PT Sunday for fans who would like to pay their respects. Fans are asked to enter through the East Village Gate at Petco Park.
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