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Jerry Coleman gets a statue at Petco Park

Sep 16, 2012, 12:00 PM EST

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Jerry Coleman doesn’t get as much notice in the National Treasure Broadcaster beat as Vin Scully and Bob Uecker, but he’s most excellent and much-loved in San Diego. And for good reason.  Yesterday he got the legend treatment at Petco Park:

Saturday night, a day after his 88th birthday, the Padres celebrated the life of Jerry Coleman by unveiling a statue of the San Diego treasure at the East Village entrance to the Park at the Park. The only other member of the Padres to be so honored is Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn.

“Jerry Coleman is one of those very few men who achieve iconic status,” Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler said recently. “I have never heard anyone say a bad word about Jerry.

Coolest thing: the statue is not him with a microphone. It’s him in his Marine Corps flight suit. Click

  1. simon94022 - Sep 16, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Coleman is awesome.

    I do hope his statue is located along the centerfield line, where pitchers can see it while they are throwing up in the bullpen.

    • mazblast - Sep 16, 2012 at 3:49 PM

      Classic.

      Then again, when the relievers see what passes for starting pitching sometimes, they may well be throwing up. “I’m behind THAT?”

  2. ptfu - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Thank you Jerry for EVERYTHING.
    You can hang a star on that baby!

  3. mybrunoblog - Sep 16, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Jerry Coleman is truly a national treasure. To give you an idea how long he has been around baseball, Coleman was the MVP of the 1950 World Series. 62 years ago!

  4. gloccamorra - Sep 16, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    You can’t mention Jerry Coleman without pointing out he was the only ballplayer to see combat in both WWII and Korea, flying 40 combat missions in a Dauntless dive bomber in the Pacific in WWII, and 80 combat missions in an F4U Corsair in Korea. He hated the Corsair, saying it nearly got him killed in Korea. The MiG jets the Koreans were flying might have had something to do with that.

    When he returned from Korea, he got his “day” in Yankee Stadium. Though Jerry was a Marine, all Marine pilots were formally assigned to the 7th fleet, commanded by 5-star Admiral Chester Nimitz. The Commandant of the Marine Corps showed up on Jerry’s day, and though an invitation was extended to Nimitz, he wasn’t expect to accept, since there was only a cease fire and the 7th fleet was still on station off Korea.

    Admiral Nimitz had been in Washington for consultations, and decided to take in the ballgame. Yankees co-owner Dan Topping was elated he showed up (how many chances do you get to meet a five-star Admiral?), and made him his special guest in the owner’s box. Jerry was astounded his top boss had come to the game.

    Dan Topping must have been REALLY impressed, and the Yankees were very good to Jerry. By the 1957 season, Jerry was largely supplanted at second base by Tony Kubek, but when it was decided that Jerry would be released at the end of the season, he was the starter for every game of the World Series against the Braves, hitting .364 in seven games. In his last at bat in the 9th inning of the 7th game, he got a hit to keep the Yankees’ hopes alive. His manager, Casey Stengel, said “he went out like a Yankee”.

    • chumthumper - Sep 16, 2012 at 9:44 PM

      Ronald Reagan: Some people go through life wondering if they made a difference. Marines don’t have that problem.

  5. badintent - Sep 17, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    @ chumpbumper
    Jerry was a great announcer for the Yankees. A class act for a class team. Jerry was a warrior to keep our freedom. FREEDOM IS NEVER FREE ! Oduma doesn’t get that.He patted himself on the back when the arabs went nuts last year overthrowing the dictators that kept the oil running for our cars and planes at reasonable rates. Now his plan has backfired on him and Clinton.When Libya shuts down their oil production. you’ll be paying $7 a gallon. get your jackass fed, you gonna be riding him

  6. ch0psuey - Sep 17, 2012 at 3:43 AM

    True San Diego Legend.

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