Generations have grown up learning baseball through the inimitable voice of Jerry Coleman, who spent four decades in the San Diego Padres broadcast booth. He was truly an American institution, serving heroically in World War II and the Korean War, serving 22 years (1942-64) in the Marines as an aviator, and earning four World Series rings as a Yankees second baseman.
The Padres and all fans are mourning Jerry’s passing on Sunday at the age of 89, and we invite you to share your condolences and stories here, using the comments below.
“The San Diego Padres are deeply saddened by the news today of the passing of Jerry Coleman. We send our heartfelt sympathy to the entire Coleman family, including his wife, Maggie, his children and grandchildren,” the Padres said in a statement. “On behalf of Padres fans everywhere, we mourn the loss of a Marine who was truly an American hero as well as a great man, a great friend and a great Padre.”
We’ll miss you Jerry.