Apr 2, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Detail view of a patch worn by San Diego Padres players to honor former Padres radio announcer Jerry Coleman during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
#2 The Tragic Loss Of Broadcast Icon Jerry Coleman
San Diego sports fans were having an absolute perfect day back in January 2014. The Chargers had upset the favored Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card Round of the AFC Playoffs. A few hours later, San Diego State basketball had upset the Kansas Jayhawks at the Allen Field House, a place where the Jayhawks NEVER lose at home, and put SDSU on the map with a top-25 win.
During that game, our beloved Ted Leitner of the Mighty 1090 AM had to make the hardest announcement of his life. We had lost longtime Padres’ broadcaster and close friend of Leitner, Jerry Coleman. Coleman, who was the 1950 World Series MVP for the New York Yankees, was a war-veteran who served in World War II. Coleman after the military and his Yankees career started to go into broadcasting.
After a short stint managing the San Diego Padres in 1980, he went back into the booth. The 2005 Ford C. Frick winner went on to continue broadcasting some of the best moments in Padres history, granted there were few, but he was there for all of them and Padres fans will never forget his signatures “Oh, Doctor!” and “You can hang a star on that, baby!” We’ll miss you, Colonel!