Saturday, June 27, 2009

Gerald Francis Coleman

Elephants in their natural habitat surrounded by men in the strangest colors. It sounds like Jerry Coleman would say. Jerry Coleman served in the US Military in both WWII and the Korean War. He played for 9 seasons with the Yankees, losing most of 1953 to the Korean Conflict, he was an All Star in 1950 and won the World Series MVP award that year also. He retired after the 1957 season. He started his broadcasting career in 1960 with the Yankees, he also did two years of Angels broadcast. In 1972 he started broadcasting Padres game and has been heard every year since except for 1980 when he came down out of the broadcast booth to manage the team. He went 73-69 that year and has never managed again, he went back to the broadcast booth the following year and has been there since. In 2005 he was given the Ford Frick award by the National Baseball Hall of Fame, he is one of three Ford Frick award winners who also played in the majors. I got the card through the mail by sending care of the Padres.

The first person to name the other two Ford Frick award winners who also played in the majors will receive a certified autograph card and some cards of their favorite team. So in the comments tell me who the other two award winners were and your favorite team.


Matt Runyon said...

Joe Garagiola and Bob Uecker

My favorite team is the Giants. :)

Rod (Padrographs) said...

Matt you win, send me your address at and I send some Giants and a certified auto out to you.

jackplumstead said...

I didn't know the answer, but this signed Topps 1980's is a beauty.

tastelikedirt said...

"Hang a star on that one"