Last night San Diego State University paid tribute to "The Voice of the Padres" Jerry Coleman, who died at age 89 earlier this week from complications resulting from a fall and subsequent head injury. A ceremony and moment of silence took place at Viejas Arena prior to SDSU's basketball game against Boise State, acknowledging that Coleman's influence reached across sport.
During Padres games Coleman was known for hanging gold stars from his broadcast booth after great plays on the field.
"Back in grade school, we had a spelling test every Friday," Coleman said. "If you got all 20 right, you got a gold star. I never got a gold star."
Because of this, SDSU's student section "The Show" organized students and fans to make and bring their own stars to hold in Coleman's honor.
We wanted to show everyone we could, the impact of Jerry Coleman in all aspects of San Diego, not just baseball. For a lot of Show members, Jerry’s voice and his calls of the game represent all of the best moments of our childhood. His calls, no matter how bad the padres were, were always worth listening to. In a lot of ways the spirit and passion he brought to each and every game, is what any supporters section would strive to achieve. If we had a PETCO Park or Viejas Arena full of people as passionate as the colonel was for baseball, we’d have the world’s best home court/field advantage each and every game. And that is just his passion for baseball. Doesn’t even address how he really was in every way a hero and a model American citizen. If you live to be a quarter of what Jerry did in his lifetime, you will have lived a pretty amazing and fulfilling life.
Mighty 1090's Marty Caswell posted video of the field of stars during the ceremony along with remarks from Jerry's broadcast partner and "Voice of the Aztecs" Ted Leitner.
Former Padre and San Diego resident Adrian Gonzalez was also in attendance and spoke about his admiration for Jerry.