Remembering MLB legend and military veteran Jerry Coleman

The baseball world received sad news on Sunday when the San Diego Padres announced that longtime broadcaster and 2005 Ford C. Frick Award winner Jerry Coleman died at the age of 89. During his wonderful and full life, Coleman played and excelled at many roles in baseball. That includes a playing career that spanned nine seasons (1949-57), all of which were spent as an infielder with the New York Yankees. He finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting in 1949 and made an all-star appearance in 1950. When all was said and done, Coleman finished with a .263 career average to go along with 16 home runs and 217 RBIs.
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Radio Broadcaster Jerry Coleman of the San Diego Padres poses for a portrait in the broadcasting booth prior to the game against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park on August 18, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Andy Hayt/San Diego Padres/Getty Images)

New York Yankee infielder Jerry Coleman , trys on a uniform in San Francisco January 10, 1952 after being recalled for active duty with the U.S. Marine Corps. Coleman as a marine fighter pilot flew 57 missions during World War II. He'll report for physical examination April 2., 1952 (AP Photo)

U.S. Marine Capt. Jerry Coleman embraces his wife Louise after he arrived at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. from Tokyo, August 23, 1953. Coleman, who was a star second baseman for the New York Yankees before he was called back into the service, hopes to rejoin his former teammates soon after he is discharged from the Marines. (AP Photo)

U.S. Marine Capt. Jerry Coleman embraces his wife Louise after he arrived at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. from Tokyo, August 23, 1953. Coleman, who was a star second baseman for the New York Yankees before he was called back into the service, hopes to rejoin his former teammates soon after he is discharged from the Marines. (AP Photo)

New York Yankees World Series Veterans, Jerry Coleman, Joe Collins, Hank Bower and Yogi Berra pose for a portrait in 1957. (Photo by Greene Photography/Sports Studio Photos/Getty Images)

Jerry Coleman, the long-time voice of the Padres, receives the Ford C. Frick Award during the 2005 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies at the Clark Sports Center on July 31, 2005 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Rich Pilling /MLB Photos via Getty Images)

New York Yankees second baseman Jerry Coleman looks like a guil in flight as he gets off throw to first base in first inning at Comiskey Park, Chicago, June 14, 1950. Chicago White Sox center fielder Jerry Scala (39) is forced at second on Gus Zernial's grounder to Yankee third baseman Bill Johnson who threw to Coleman for the forceout. Coleman's relay to first was in time to double Zernial. (AP Photo/Paul Cannon

New York Yankees second baseman Jerry Coleman looks like a guil in flight as he gets off throw to first base in first inning at Comiskey Park, Chicago, June 14, 1950. Chicago White Sox center fielder Jerry Scala (39) is forced at second on Gus Zernial's grounder to Yankee third baseman Bill Johnson who threw to Coleman for the forceout. Coleman's relay to first was in time to double Zernial. (AP Photo/Paul Cannon)

Infielder Jerry Coleman, of the New York Yankees, poses for an action portrait prior to a game in the 1950's at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. (Photo by: Kidwiler Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images) Date created:

Infielder Jerry Coleman, of the New York Yankees, poses for an action portrait prior to a game in the 1950's at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. (Photo by: Kidwiler Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
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Infielder Jerry Coleman, of the New York Yankees, puts his uniform and hat in the drawer of the desk in his office in 1957 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. Coleman has retired as a player and taken a job as a radio announcer with the Yankees. (Photo by: Kidwiler Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

Infielder Jerry Coleman, of the New York Yankees, poses for an action portrait during Spring Training in March, 1948 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by: Diamond Images/Getty Images)

Infielder Jerry Coleman, of the New York Yankees, poses for an action portrait during Spring Training in March, 1956 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by: Diamond Images/Getty Images)

Infielder Jerry Coleman, of the New York Yankees, poses for a portrait prior to a game in the 1950's at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. (Photo by: Kidwiler Collection/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

Infielder Jerry Coleman, of the New York Yankees, poses for a portrait prior to a game in 1956 at Yankee Stadium in New York, New York. Jerry Coleman56-05640 (Photo by: Diamond Images/Getty Images)

Jerry Coleman (left) and Phil Rizzuto are "separated" by umpires Carolyn Larson, Elsie Lindauer and Holly Hill (l. to r.) at Yankee Stadium.The umps intervened when the New York Yankees' second baseman (Coleman) and shortstop (Rizzuto), rival captains at a game featuring a disk jockey, became impassioned by the crucial nature of the competition. (Photo by Hoff/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

San Diego Padres broadcaster Jerry Coleman, center, talks with Chase Headley #7, right, as he's honored at Jerry Coleman Day before a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park on September 15, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

San Diego Padres broadcaster is honored on Jerry Coleman Day before a baseball game between the San Diego Padres and the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park on September 15, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Former New York Yankees second baseman Jerry Coleman, right, reacts with other players during Old Timers' Day ceremonies Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Former New York Yankees second baseman Jerry Coleman, right, reacts with other players during Old Timers' Day ceremonies Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)