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Padres Radio Announcer Dead at 89



Beloved San Diego Padres announcer Jerry Coleman passed away Sunday, leaving a hole in the hearts of members of the Padres family and its fans as well. Coleman was 89, and he is survived by his wife Maggie and numerous children and grandchildren. "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," read a statement from the oprganization. "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 began a baseball career that spanned seven decades as a player in the Ney York Yankees minor league system in 1942. Making his major league debut in 1949, Coleman would go on to play for six World Series teams. In his second year as a Yankee, Coleman was named an American League All-Star and the World Series MVP. Coleman became the Padre's radio voice in 1972, a position he held until his death this weekend. Coleman was inducted into the Padres Hall of Fame in 2001, the U.S. Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame in 2005 and both the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago and the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame in 2007.

January 6, 2014