(SAN DIEGO) — Former Yankees infielder and long-time broadcaster Jerry Coleman passed away on Sunday. He was 89.
Coleman hit .263 with 16 home runs and 22 stolen bases while helping the Yankees to four World Series titles during his nine seasons as second baseman.
Coleman was celebrating 40 years as the radio voice of the Padres this past season and his signature calls included “Oh Doctor!” and “Hang a Star!” during a broadcast.
“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 team said in a statement on Sunday. “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.”
Coleman served in both World War II and the Korean War, receiving several military medals. He is the only MLB player to see combat in two wars.
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