It is statue week here at Phungo. Yesterday we talked about Cal Ripken who is being honored by the Orioles tonight. Today we would like to recognize Jerry Coleman.
Saturday the Padres are hosting Jerry Coleman Day. The Padres will honor Coleman with a statue of the teams long time broadcaster. Coleman has been associated with the club for 40 years. In 2005 he recieved the baseball Hall of Fame Ford C Frick Award for broadcasting.
1956 Topps #316 Jerry Coleman
Jerry Coleman spent his entire 9 year career with the Yankees and was a member of 4 World Series Championship Teams. He was an All-Star in 1950 and was the Worlld Series MVP (vs the Phillies) that year as well.
Beyond his baseball career Coleman also earned honors for his Military Service during Wolrd War II and the Korean conflict.
For The Collector
1956 Topps is a good looking and popular set. The Jerry Coleman card is a fine example - you get a nice portrait and with an interesting action shot. Cards #181 and above are considered High Numbers. I don't know what I paid for this card but you can typically find off condtion Hi# commons of 1956 Topps in the $3 range.
There is a Jerry Coleman autograph card that is part of the 2003 UD Yankee Signature Series. No auctions for the card have finished recently, but there are 2 separate BINs of the card listed for under $9.
Baseball-Ref Jerry Coleman
Wikipedia Jerry Coleman