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R.I.P. Jerry Coleman, 1924-2014

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San Diego mourns the loss of The Colonel.

Denis Poroy

Some very sad news being announced by the Padres today. Jerry Coleman, the voice of the Padres for 40 of the last 41 years has passed away. Known by Padres fans for his time in the booth and as the manager of the club for the 1980 season, Coleman was also AL Rookie of the Year in 1949 and won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award in 1950. In July of 2005, Coleman was awarded the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.

While Jerry hadn't been taking as much of a workload over the last few years, his presence was always felt during Padres seasons. I know I won't be able to resist the instinct of looking to the booth after a great Padres play to see if warranted Jerry hanging-a-star on it.

Rest In Peace, Jerry. We'll miss you.

Edited with the correct year.