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Former Yankees 2B Jerry Coleman dead at 89

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 05, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Former Yankees second baseman Jerry Coleman — who’s career was disrupted by two wars, and who became a Hall of Fame broadcaster in San Deigo — has died at 89 years old.

“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 released 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 won four World Series with the Yankees and was named World Series MVP in 1950.

“The best second baseman I ever saw on the double play,” Yankees manager Casey Stengel once said.

Coleman spent his entire playing career with the Yankees, and he became well known as a broadcaster with the Padres. He received the Ford C. Frick Award in 2005, taking his place in the broadcaster’s wing of the Hall of Fame. According to The Associated Press, Coleman died at a hospital after a brief illness.





47 Responses to “Former Yankees 2B Jerry Coleman dead at 89”

  1. mick January 5th, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Reporter guys must have all been watching football b/c this happened over an hour ago.
    Whatever happened to getting the scoop in this twitter age we live in?

  2. Howler January 5th, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Classy guy…was sad to see his passing…but I guess we all have our time…shame the war years took so much out of his baseball, but he certainly made his mark in other ways.

  3. chicken_stanley January 5th, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    Gotta jet (literally :) )… my hour of internet is almost over. Catch you all later

  4. tomingeorgia January 5th, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Jerry Coleman was the second baseman if my youth. They’re dropping like flies. The Reaper never misses,

  5. RhapsodyInBlue January 5th, 2014 at 8:26 pm

    No one gets off the planet alive.

  6. RhapsodyInBlue January 5th, 2014 at 8:28 pm

    Later chicken. Where are you headed this evening?

  7. tomingeorgia January 5th, 2014 at 8:30 pm

    How about that short list of a thousand or so who volunteered to go to Mars?

  8. MTU January 5th, 2014 at 8:30 pm


    I think he’s on his way to the West Coast- SF I think.

  9. chicken_stanley January 5th, 2014 at 8:31 pm

    San Francisco then driving over to Fresno

  10. chicken_stanley January 5th, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Only 2 minutes left… Good night all

  11. Cashmoney January 5th, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    TOP 10 All-Time Worst 1st Pitches

    I find it funny.

  12. RhapsodyInBlue January 5th, 2014 at 8:42 pm


    Are those folks affiliated with Marshall Applewhite?

  13. RhapsodyInBlue January 5th, 2014 at 8:43 pm

    Good deal chicken get out of the east must be warm in Fresno.

  14. tomingeorgia January 5th, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    They’re not going to a UFU hiding behind a comet. They have volunteered to go to Mars to colonize the planet, with no promise of return. I think there were a couple of hundred thousand applications, and they want to go in 2016, I think. Pretty cool, even if all you could do was land on Mars and survive for a while.

  15. CT Yankee January 5th, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    There is no such thing as “the broadcaster’s wing of the Hall of Fame”. The Spink and Frick Award winners are listed in a display (“Scribes and Mike Men”) outside of the research library at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Not at all the same thing as being inducted into the HOF—not remotely. I liked Coleman and greatly respected his military service, but the one thing I had against him is that he absolutely insisted on being introduced as a Hall of Famer, which he was not, and he knew it.

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  17. Chip January 5th, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    A report out of Cincy tonight says that the Reds may reconsider their plan to hold Bailey so that they can free up cash to sign Nelson Cruz. Unfortunately that doesn’t really help the Yankees since Gardner and Bailey have pretty close salaries.

  18. Jerkface January 5th, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    Unfortunately that doesn’t really help the Yankees since Gardner and Bailey have pretty close salaries.

    Maybe we could acquire Bailey without trading Gardner, which would be way better than trading Gardner.

  19. mick January 5th, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    Life on Mars?
    How are their taxes?

  20. Chip January 5th, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    Random Question:

    Soriano loves being a Yankee but he doesn’t want to DH, is 36 and unlikely to produce at the level he did for the team last year. Would/should the Yankees consider trading him for pitching help and then signing Kendrys Morales? He’s younger, more consistent, a switch hitter and doesn’t mind dhing.

    I’m not advocating this, not against it either, I’m truthfully asking for opinions as to what you would do.

  21. charlestonchew January 5th, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    As far as pitching goes, it is starting to look to me like the Yankees will either sign Tanaka or sign nobody. They have to like their in-house options, given the crop of Phelps, Pineda, Warren, Banuelos, Nuno, and Ramirez. At least one or a combination of those guys can handle the 5th starter role easily and handling both the 4th and 5th spot isn’t out of the question. It’s not necessarily likely, but it’s possible.

    Phelps has shown more than just flashes of being able to handle a significant role, either at the back end of the rotation or the back end of the bullpen. He has guts and is a good competitor and I honestly think we could count on him to hold down the 5th spot for a good chunk of the season.

    Warren has also proven himself to be able to compete at the MLB level. He has several pitches with good movement and mixes things up. He also gets his fastball in there much faster than Phelps generally does. He’s not necessarily going to be slated for the rotation, but he could emerge as a starter if enough things break the wrong way (injuries, etc). I don’t feel so bad about having him as a backup, even if his WHIP is pretty high since being in the majors.

    Pineda, Banuelos, and Ramirez are just chock full of potential. Pineda’s the only one of them who has taken that potential and turned it into actual greatness, with his big season in Seattle. Given what’s transpired in the wake of his injury, it looks like the Yankees are planning to count on Pineda in 2014 if they don’t get Tanaka. Even if they do get Tanaka, the Yankees are expecting him to take the #5 spot. Scouting reports from his work after injury have been extremely favorable. People are impressed with his progress. He might need some time to get his mechanics and feel for the game back, but I imagine with a good work ethic he could make a big impact and have a re-emergence this coming year.

    And that brings us to Banuelos and Ramirez. Two kids of immense talent, with Banuelos having much more of course. Ramirez dazzled a bit in Spring Training last year and I think the guy has a chance of surprising us much like Nova did. He flew a little under the radar for most of his time in the system, but he’s been steady. He just might take another step forward this year, either in the bullpen or rortation. Of course, Banuelos is the one we’re all probably most excited about outside of Pineda. All these surgeries really dull the anticipation of our top prospects. Pedro Martinez loved this kid’s changeup and that’s enough for me to believe in his chances of succeeding in this league. It’ll be interesting to see how he performs in ST and AAA. If he looks ready to go, I can see him competing with Pineda for the #4 or #5 job.

    I know there’s uncertainty, but I’m honestly hopeful that the Yankees don’t make a stupid move to sign someone like Arroyo or Jimenez or Garza for way more years or money than they’re worth. I’d much rather take the chance that our guys will perform than have to watch those guys in a Yankee uniform for the next several years. We have talent who may rise to the challenge, we just have to give them a chance. But, of course, I’d prefer that we nab Tanaka. That’s better for everyone.

  22. Chip January 5th, 2014 at 9:28 pm


    Not sure what the Reds would want but with thin ranks in the upper minors I don’t see much fitting. If they want young guys who are harder to project sure. But that seems unlikely.

  23. Cashmoney January 5th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    I bet that has never came across Cashman’s mind. Should they? It make some sense, depends how long of deal Morales want and how much since Soriano is only on the hook for 5 mil. The question you got to ask is if that money can be spent better elsewhere in 15 assuming Kendry will command at least multi- years deal close or exceed his QO in AVV.

    Will it happen, most probably not.

  24. Cashmoney January 5th, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    Just a tangential thought… when you look at this 25 man roster, there isn’t a single guy i would considered as untouchable.

  25. Cashmoney January 5th, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Chew, Yanks perpetually live on the precipice of NOW, it isn’t the idea of finding 4 and 5 starter within not a feasible one rather imo the idea of contending in 14 with them makes it unlikely that it will come within.

  26. blake January 5th, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Cashmoney says:
    January 5, 2014 at 9:41 pm
    Just a tangential thought… when you look at this 25 man roster, there isn’t a single guy i would considered as untouchable.

    Well nobody is touching Tex or Arod

  27. Cashmoney January 5th, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    This could be a stark reality, what if the 14 IFA turns out to be a complete bust in a few years, the FA is barren in 15 who knows going forth. Yanks keeps operating with FA as their main feeder. Is the perfect storm coming in 15 and 16? certainly a possible scenario in my mind.

    btw, I think it’s good ideal to overspend in 14 IFA, just think this organization should have divert part of their resources to finding creative avenues to corral premium talents years ago.

  28. Cashmoney January 5th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    *in finding.

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