Padres Special: 5 Reasons to be Thankful For the San Diego Padres

Credit: AP Photo

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Jerry Coleman

“The Colonel” was a member of the Padres organization from 1972 thru his unfortunate death in January of 2014. His iconic voice will always be remembered in the hearts of Padres fans. I still miss his voice when listening to a Padres game on the radio.

Jerry Coleman was a great member of the baseball community. He was a former Rookie Of The Year in 1949 for the New York Yankees. The following year Coleman was named an All-Star and the team went on to win the World Series. He was named the World Series MVP that year and went on to win four World Championships with the Yankees in six appearances.

Coleman’s #1 catch phrase of “Oh Doctor” is written in the press box of Petco Park and his catch phrase of “You can hang a star on that Baby!” is one of my personal favorites. In the 1980 the San Diego Padres named Jerry Coleman their manager. A 73-89 record and a sixth place finish resulted in Coleman being fired. He always joked about his tenure as Padres manager, that’s the kind of man he was. He was never modest about his accomplishments in life, either bad or good.

We are thankful for Coleman and his decorated military service. He is a true Padres legend and its a shame that the younger generation never really had the chance to experience Coleman behind the mic. He shall always hold a special place in Padres fans hearts and his sudden death was a reminder of how fragile life truly is.

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