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Steinbrenner: Coleman was “an American hero … also a great Yankee”

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

The Yankees just sent the following press release in reaction to the death of Jerry Coleman…

The New York Yankees mourn the passing of former infielder Jerry Coleman, who passed away today at age 89.

Coleman played parts of nine seasons with the Yankees from 1949 to 1957, batting .263 (558-for-2,119) with 267 runs, 77 doubles, 18 triples, 16 home runs, 217 runs batted in and 22 stolen bases over 723 career games. He was an American League All-Star in 1950.

The Yankees played in the World Series in eight of his nine seasons with the team (all except 1954), winning the Fall Classic six times (1949-53, ’56) over the span.

He also served as a pilot in the U.S. Marines in both World War II and the Korean War.

“My family was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jerry Coleman,” said Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner. “First and foremost, he was an American hero whose service to this country is his lasting legacy. He was also a great Yankee, a true ambassador for Baseball, and someone whose imprint on our game will be felt for generations. On behalf of the entire New York Yankees organization, we send our deepest condolences to the Coleman family.”





67 Responses to “Steinbrenner: Coleman was “an American hero … also a great Yankee””

  1. Chip January 5th, 2014 at 9:32 pm

    Bet the Orioles are thrilled that Manny Machado is hanging out with Yasmani Grandal and A-Roid.

  2. Chip January 5th, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    I wouldn’t want to go into the season needing two of the group of Banuelos, Pineda, Ramirez, Warren, Nuno and Phelps to make the rotation. But if they get Tanaka and those guys are slugging it out for the fifth spot (though I think Phelps is likely destined for the pen) I think that would be a pretty strong rotation.

    My guess is that ultimately Pineda is getting one of the five spots and then it will come down to a healthy Banuelos vs. Ramirez for first one up if someone gets hurt.

  3. charlestonchew January 5th, 2014 at 9:41 pm


    I am beginning to believe that the reason we haven’t heard much about 189 is that the Yankees haven’t decided what to do yet. If they get Tanaka, I bet they blow past it. If they don’t, there may be a way for them to stay under if they’re creative. They just might do it, too. I hope they don’t, but I worry about what happens if we don’t get Tanaka.

    The upside of course is that we would get to see some of our favorite prospects thrown into the fire. They could surprise us. One could even have an emergence.

  4. blake January 5th, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    Chip says:
    January 5, 2014 at 9:32 pm
    Bet the Orioles are thrilled that Manny Machado is hanging out with Yasmani Grandal and A-Roid.

    Warning warning panic panic!

    They have worked out together and stuff for awhile though I think…..

  5. Chip January 5th, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    I’ve heard that theory before, but to be honest, I’m not sure what else (outside of Tanaka) there is to spend money on. With the uncertainty around CC, Nova and Kuroda would the Yankees spend for Ubaldo or Garza (neither of which are worth what they’re going to get). If Drew only wants to play SS then there aren’t any infielders for them to sign, they don’t need another OF.

    I brought up the notion of dealing Soriano and signing Morales to DH; that’s really it though.

  6. Chip January 5th, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    Blake -

    Machado’s on record that Alex is his idol. Still, not an influence I would want my young cornerstone to hang with.

  7. blake January 5th, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    The yanks will probbaly know if they are over 189 or not before Tanaka signs…..if Arod doesn’t get the entire season then they are pretty much already over

  8. blake January 5th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    “Machado’s on record that Alex is his idol. Still, not an influence I would want my young cornerstone to hang with.”

    For PR reasons at least no…..

  9. Chip January 5th, 2014 at 10:06 pm

    I feel like the plan is that they want to have a free-for-all for the fifth spot, but not the fourth and fifth spots.

    If they get Tanaka that’s great – if they don’t get him, I think they would prefer to go with a less expensive back of the rotation starter like Maholm rather than spending big money on Garza or Ubaldo.

  10. Chip January 5th, 2014 at 10:08 pm


    More than PR reasons, I don’t think any team wants their young players to get ideas on how to carry himself as a professional from Alex.

    Forget the steroids, it’s the whole foot in mouth syndrome thing

  11. Chip January 5th, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Night gang

  12. Chip January 5th, 2014 at 10:10 pm

    Blake -
    what did you think about the notion of dealing Soriano (who doesn’t want to DH) and signing Morales?

  13. BoJo January 5th, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    I remember Jerry Coleman in IIRC 1966 as part of the Yankees announcing team with Joe Garigiola and Phil Rizzuto. Coleman used to say some very funny stuff–like Ralph Kiner.

    RIP Jerry.

  14. AAA January 5th, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    what did you think about the notion of dealing Soriano (who doesn’t want to DH) and signing Morales?


    Seems like a bad idea. Soriano brings you no return. Morales cost a draft pick and more money, while not making the team any better.

  15. BoJo January 5th, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Doesn’t Sori have a no-trade clause? He might reject any move that sends him away from NY.

  16. pete2 January 5th, 2014 at 10:25 pm

    “Bet the Orioles are thrilled that Manny Machado is hanging out with Yasmani Grandal and A-Roid.”

    Sorry to hear about Coleman. Before my time but sounds like he had quite a life.

    On Machado and Arod, I sometimes wonder if the Red Sox traded Iglesias for doing the same thing in the wake of Biogenesis.

    Perhaps one of the reasons MLB wanted those records so badly, despite already having Bosch testimony, is to protect some of the young cost controlled stars that may have been on them. Its one thing to bring down the hammer to guys like Arod and Braun and soon to be free agents like Cruz and Peralta, but it hurts the brand and the owners to lose young guys like Machado, Iglesias and whomever else might have been on those records. Just speculation on my part.

  17. jackamir January 5th, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    “Hang a star on it,” Jerry——RIP

  18. trisha - true pinstriped blue January 5th, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    RIP Yankee Jerry Coleman. Rest well.

  19. luis January 6th, 2014 at 12:18 am

    Good evening guys,

    RIP Mr Coleman…A great Yankee

  20. yanks61 January 6th, 2014 at 4:26 am

    Jerry Coleman was at 2B the first time I ever saw a game at YS. Rizzuto at SS, McDougal at 3B, Collins at 1B, Bauer in right, Woodling in left, Mantle in CF. Bob Turley was on the mound. They’re all gone. Only Yogi goes on.

  21. 86w183 January 6th, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Jerry Coleman is the last of the “what did he say?” type of baseball broadcasters who was ore interested in talking to the fans than worrying about precise phraseology or detailing every single item.

    Rizzuto was a lot like that. Dizzy Dean and other… hope they are meeting for a cold one this morning… there is beer in heaven, right?

  22. Yankee Trader January 6th, 2014 at 7:55 am

    Good morning.


    Some of that phraseology:

    “I’ve made a couple of mistakes I’d like to do over.”

    “It’s a cold night out tonight. The Padres better warm up real good because it’s stiff out there.”

    “Hrabosky looks fierce in that Fu Manchu haircut.”

    “Enos Cabell started out here with the Astros, and before that he was with the Orioles.”

    “Benedict may not be as hurt as he really is.”

    “We started with 53,000 people. Half are gone, but surprisingly, most are still here!” (thanks to Tim Garcia)

    “The big ballpark can do it all!”

    “A day without newspapers is like walking around without your pants on.”

    “McCovey swings and misses, and it’s fouled back.”

    “Hi folks, I’m Gerry Gross!”

    “There’s a deep fly ball… Winfield goes back, back… his head hits the wall … it’s rolling towards second base.”

    “If Pete Rose brings the Reds in first, they ought to bronze him and put him in cement.”

    “It’s off the leg and into the left field of Doug Rader.”

    “It’s a base hit on the error by Roberts.”

    “Right now Andy Larkin is pitching just like young Andy Larkin.”

    “Thomas is racing for it, but McCovey is there and can’t get his glove to it. That play shows the inexperience, not on Thomas’ part, but on the part of Willie McC … well, not on McCovey’s part either.”

    “Grubb goes back, back… He’s under the warning track and makes the play.”

    “Bob Davis has his hair differently this year, short with curls like Randy Jones wears. I think you call it a Frisbee.”

    At Royals Stadium: “The sky is so clear today you can see all the way to Missouri”

    “They throw Winfield out at second, but he’s safe.”

    “They’ve taken the foot off Johnny Grubb. Uh, they’ve taken the shoe off Johnny Grubb.”

    “Jesus Alou is in the on-deck circus.”

  23. GregD January 6th, 2014 at 7:55 am

    I have great memories of listening to Jerry Coleman as a Yankee announcer in the 60s. He made you feel like you were there and he always reported the game in a way that didn’t make him bigger than the event. RIP Jerry Coleman.

  24. Yankee Trader January 6th, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Didn’t mean to hog all that space.

  25. GregD January 6th, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Yankee Trader—thanks for those!!

  26. MTU January 6th, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Good morning.

    Quick drive by.

    Off to the Wilderness for the day.

    Watch. I’ll miss AR and Tanaka news.


  27. Yankee Trader January 6th, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Here’s another interesting article I found this morning Yanks61:

    “In 1947, there was a verbal agreement for The Yankee Clipper and The Kid to swap teams. What would have been the consequences of this historic trade?”

    Greg- My pleasure

    MTU-Ill call you if I hear anything. No updates in the Japanese papers.

  28. MTU January 6th, 2014 at 8:06 am



    It’s got to be fairly soon.

  29. Yankee Trader January 6th, 2014 at 8:13 am

    What has to be soon? Call you because no phone reception or the ARod decision? :)

    Horowitz probably already has a decision. Karnak says he is delaying the decision until after HOF announcement, but it will be 100 games, 50 for admitting steroids in the past, and 50 more for his involvement with Biogenesis.

  30. MTU January 6th, 2014 at 8:14 am



    I’m off.


  31. Yankee Trader January 6th, 2014 at 8:17 am


    Have a great day and take lots of photos to share with us LoHudders trying to stay warm!

  32. Doreen January 6th, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Good morning.

    Yankee trader, thanks for sharing. Well worth the space!

  33. Doreen January 6th, 2014 at 8:25 am

    It was 59 degrees at 6 am in central NJ, and virtually all of the 8 inches of snow we got is gone.

    Right now a flock of birds is eating the last of the fruit on my Bradford pear tree.

  34. pkyankfan69 January 6th, 2014 at 8:28 am

    And tonight in Central NJ we are going to get down to around 5 degrees… Crazy weather.

  35. 86w183 January 6th, 2014 at 8:30 am

    YT —-

    Great stuff

    IF the Yankees and Res Sawx had made the DiMaggio trade the biggest impact historically would have been this:

    Mickey Mantle debuts in CF, never catches his cleats in that uncovered drain and, possibly has a completely healthy career. One of the most amazing things in the history of baseball is the career Mickey Mantle had despite the injuries he suffered.

    and it all started in shallow RCF when an aging DiMaggio told the kid to make the play.

  36. Doreen January 6th, 2014 at 8:32 am

    It is now pouring torrents of rain!!!

  37. Yankee Trader January 6th, 2014 at 8:44 am

    More on Mantle and the injury:

    “The Yankees clinched the American League pennant on September 28 (1951, his rookie season)and faced the crosstown New York Giants in the World Series. In the sixth inning of Game Two, Giants rookie Willie Mays hit a fly ball toward right-center field, halfway between Mantle and DiMaggio. Mantle sprinted toward the ball and so did DiMaggio, each looking up as they closed in for what appeared to be a certain head-on collision. Just before Mantle reached the ball, however, he heard DiMaggio call, “I got it.” Mantle stopped short from a full sprint, and in doing so, caught his spikes on the rubber cover of a drain pipe in the outfield and dropped to the ground.”

    “Fans and players who saw him collapse from a distance said that it looked as if Mantle had been shot. Writhing in pain on the outfield grass, he was comforted by the usually cold and aloof DiMaggio: “Are you all right? Don’t move. They’re bringing a stretcher.”x Trainers rushed to the scene and carried Mantle off the field amid the eerie silence of a stunned crowd.”

    “On the way out of the stadium, Mutt Mantle was trying to help Mickey into a taxi that would take him to the hospital, but when Mickey leaned his full weight on his father, Mutt fell to the ground. Father and son were taken to the hospital together, and given side-by-side hospital beds in one room. Mickey had torn ligaments in his knee, and needed surgery. Mutt had Hodgkin’s disease. The two watched the rest of the World Series from their adjacent hospital beds. Mantle had surgery and was sent home to heal. Mutt was given a grim prognosis and sent home to die. He was 39 years old.”

  38. Yankee Trader January 6th, 2014 at 8:51 am

    And now I found this- there was no immediate surgery

    Richard Sandomir of the New York Times wrote about Jane Leavy’s new Mickey Mantle biography and included this interesting tidbit regarding the Hall of Famer’s infamous 1951 knee injury:

    Her research into Mantle’s injury history rejects his claim that his right knee was operated on after he fell over a drain cover at Yankee Stadium while stopping to let Joe DiMaggio catch a fly ball in the 1951 World Series.

    When Mantle had surgery two years later, there was no established procedure to fix a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which she believes Mantle played on for the rest of his career. The orthopedic surgeon who analyzed the case history that Leavy compiled said it was likely that Mantle compensated for the torn ACL with what the orthopedist called “neuromuscular genius.”
    There are no further details about the knee injury in Sandomir’s article–the goal is to get you to buy the book, after all, and the basic information about the injury is well known–but Mantle was a 19-year-old rookie in the aforementioned World Series and the notion that he went on to play 17 seasons with a torn ACL is pretty extraordinary. Mantle won three MVPs, hit 523 homers, stole 145 bases, and played 12,000 innings in center field after Leavy claims he tore his mom

  39. Yankee Trader January 6th, 2014 at 8:53 am

    *tore his ACL*

  40. Yankee Trader January 6th, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Makes you wonder if they had perfected the techniques they have now, using minimally invasive surgery thru a scope, how much better Mantle’s life might have been, pain wise.

  41. austinmac January 6th, 2014 at 8:57 am

    I don’t think Horowitz will rule this week with the Hall election announcements. And on and on it drags.

  42. 86w183 January 6th, 2014 at 8:58 am

    The Mick was my hero, even though being born in 1958 I did not get to see him at his best or even close to it.

    I did, however see his last five-hit game, 5-5, 2 HR vs the Washington Senators on Memorial Day in 1968.

    Later that summer he hit two HR (both lasers) in a game for the last time and I was there for that, too. It was against the Twins and were the Yanks only runs in a 3-2 loss.

  43. mick January 6th, 2014 at 9:01 am

    The Mick was my hero,
    Why Thank You so much 86…

  44. mick January 6th, 2014 at 9:02 am

  45. austinmac January 6th, 2014 at 9:03 am


    I think there is little doubt if Mantle’s injury occurred today the outcome would be completely different.

    That is one reason it is hard to compare eras. So much is different. When I consider who should be in the Hall, I think the real test should be how they compare with their era.

  46. Yankee Trader January 6th, 2014 at 9:08 am

    New Post—->

  47. austinmac January 6th, 2014 at 9:11 am


    I noticed 86 said you were his hero. What happened for you to lose your status?

  48. mick January 6th, 2014 at 9:13 am


    Nothing. Were means still is.

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