A fixture at many an old-timers day, former New York Yankee infielder and broadcaster Jerry Coleman passed away today at the age of 89. Not only was he a broadcasting legend, but he was the only MLB player to fight in two wars; WWII and the Korean War.
Coleman came up with the Yankees in 1949 and retired in 1957 at only 32 years of age. Coleman was an all-star in 1950, when he hit .287 with six homers and 69 RBI. He was the World Series MVP that year and appeared in six World Series with the Yankees.
In 1963, and for seven years thereafter, he called Yankees games for WPIX TV and WCBS radio. Coleman then went to the Angels and then the Padres where he remained after 1972. He even managed the Padres for a season. In 2005, he won the Ford Frick award and was elected to the Hall Of Fame.
We here at Yanks Go Yard send our condolences to the Coleman family