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Subject: Jerry Coleman, San Diego Padres announcer, dies at 89

Written By: nally on 01/05/14 at 7:46 pm

Jerry Coleman, who spent 9 seasons as a Major League Baseball second baseman for the New York Yankees (1949-57) and later became a baseball broadcaster for the San Diego Padres, has passed away, after suffering a fall in his home. He was 89.

Full story at this link.

Coleman also served as an active Marine in WWII (before starting his baseball career) and the Korean War. In 1960, he began his broadcasting career, with CBS television; three years later, he called games for the New York Yankees (including Mickey Mantle's 500th career home run in 1967); and then was part of the California Angels' broadcasting team from 1970-71. In 1972, he began calling games on the radio for the San Diego Padres, as their lead announcer; that stint was interrupted in 1980 when he managed the team.

He has also been famous for his pet phrases "Oh Doctor!", "You can hang a star on that baby!", "And the beat goes on", and "The natives are getting restless".

R.I.P. Jerry Coleman; you have been a great icon to the baseball world. :\'(

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