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Gerald Francis Coleman
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 170 lb.
- High School Lowell High School (San Francisco)
- Debut April 20, 1949
- Final Game September 29, 1957
- Born September 14, 1924 in San Jose, CA USA
 Biographical Information
Coleman signed with the Yankees as a 17-year-old in 1942 and began his pro career that summer, hitting .304 in 83 games with the Wellsville Yankees of the PONY League. He then missed the next three seasons while serving in the Marines during World War II. During the conflict, he was a fighter pilot, attaining the rank of 1st Lieutenant and piloting SBD Dauntless dive bombers on 57 missions in the Solomon Islands.
After the war, Coleman returned to baseball, and despite modest batting averages in the minors, he took over from Snuffy Stirnweiss as the Yankees' regular second baseman in 1949. That summer, he hit .275 as a rookie and finished third in the Rookie of the Year Award voting as his club was World Series champs. In 1950, he made the All-Star team for the only time in his career and was the World Series' Most Valuable Player, although the formal award did not yet exist. He also played in the Fall Classic in 1951.
Coleman missed most of the following two years while returning to the military during the Korean War. During that conflict, he attained the rank of Captain and flew 63 missions in F4U Corsairs. Overall, during his military career, he earned two Distinguished Flying Crosses and 20 Air Medals. When he returned to the Yankees, it was as a utility infielder, but he appeared in the World Series three more times, from 1955 to 1957.
Following his playing days, Coleman was the Yankees play-by-play broadcaster from 1963 to 1969. He joined the Padres as a broadcaster in 1972, and aside from 1980, when he managed the team, has been a member of their broadcasting team ever since. He is known for a series of unintentional malapropisms that put him in a class with his former teammate Yogi Berra. Nonetheless, he was the recipient of the 2005 Ford Frick Award.
 Notable Achievements
|San Diego Padres Manager
 Year-By-Year Managerial Record
|1980||San Diego Padres||National League||73-89||6th||San Diego Padres|
 Further Reading
- Jerry Coleman and Richard Goldstein: An American Journey: My Life On the Field, In the Air and On the Air, Triumph Books, Chicago, IL, 2008.