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Bud Selig issues a statement about the passing of Jerry Coleman

Jan 6, 2014, 8:24 AM EST

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From the Commissioner’s office:

“Jerry Coleman was a hero and a role model to myself and countless others in the game of Baseball.  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.”

  1. itswhereyourmindsat - Jan 6, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Oh doctor!

  2. anxovies - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Jerry was a good 2B/utility infield player with a handy bat. He was important in the Yankee teams of the 1950s. He was high on the list for Rookie of the Year in 1949. His playing career was cut short by service as a Marine aviator in WWII and Korea. He was awarded two DFCs for his military service, and left the Marines as a LtC. Rest in Peace and Semper Fi, Jerry.

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