(The Iconic Voice of the Padres has died)….Jerry Coleman passed away Sunday afternoon.
Coleman had been in and out of the hospital all through December following a fall. The 89 year old had also contracted pneumonia. Coleman had been a Marine Corps pilot, serving in both World War 2 and the Korean Conflict. As a Marine pilot, Coleman had trained at the Naval Air Facility near Seeley. In total, Coleman earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses, 13 Air Medals and 3 Navy Citations. He later played for the New York Yankees until 1953, and was chosen to an All Star Team as a second baseman. He also was named Most Valuable Player in a World Series. He broadcast San Diego Padre Baseball games for 42 years. He served one year as the Padres manager. His uniform Number was retired. He received the Ford C. Frick Broadcasting award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005.