Posted on January 5th, 2014 by TheSportsVirus
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We go back to June and hear our conversation with the late Padres Broadcaster Jerry Coleman, who passed away on Sunday.
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Listen to Interview with Jerry Coleman
I’m very sad to hear the news about the passing of Jerry Coleman, who spent 42 years with the San Diego Padres. Although many people will remember him for being the only Major Leaguer to serve in two wars and for his “Colemanism” gaffes on the air, I won’t forget his enthusiasm for the game and kindness to everyone. I loved the “oh doctor!” and “hang a star on that baby!” calls and a generation of Padres fans will always remember his great sense of humor.
My personal favorite moment with Jerry occurred during spring training in 1995. As the broadcaster for the Padres’ California League affiliate in Rancho Cucamonga, I was sent to Peoria, Arizona to get to know the players in the organization. I stopped in to meet Jerry before a Padres spring training game and he was welcoming and very friendly. I got to listen to his broadcast, then he walked me around the facility after the game. What a great guy. I remember chuckling during his broadcast because it was all replacement players during the strike. Jerry still got excited about the exploits of the beer league players posing as Major Leaguers.
Coleman always had a smile on his face when he came back to his hometown of San Francisco and this past June was no exception. During the interview, the conversation ranges from memories of his time with the Yankees to the steroids issues facing the modern players. I hope you enjoy listening. Jerry Coleman will be missed by everyone in baseball and I’m glad to have known him.
By Joe Castellano
Tags: Jerry Coleman, Major League Baseball, San Diego Padres