Longtime sports announcer, Jerry Coleman, will be discussing his book, American Journey: My Life on the Field, in the Air, and on the Air at the Escondido Public Library Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in the library Turrentine Room. Coleman collaborated on his autobiography with longtime Village Voice writer Richard Goldstein.
"There are only two important things in life: the people who you love and who love you, and your country." These words have shaped every moment of Jerry Coleman's life. The result is a man who is beloved by his family, friends, former teammates, fellow veterans, and millions of baseball fans around the world.
Born in San Jose, California, and raised in San Francisco, Gerald Francis “Jerry” Coleman endured a childhood marred by family turmoil and violence, but that environment failed to dampen an optimistic spirit that would later endear him to fans across the nation.
Traveling across the country to play for the legendary New York Yankees in the days of DiMaggio and Mantle, Coleman twice put a halt to his promising career and traveled across the globe to serve his country during World War II and the Korean War, the only Major League Baseball player to ever do so. Nicknamed "The Colonel", due to being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Coleman was also a Marine aviator who flew 120 combat missions, receiving numerous honors and medals including two Distinguished Flying Crosses. He has been honored in recent years, including being inducted into the USMC Sports Hall of Fame, for his call to duty.
After retiring as one of the most decorated players in team history, Coleman began his second career as a baseball broadcaster for CBS, the Yankees, and eventually the San Diego Padres, where he has become the voice of the team to an entire generation of fans. In the fall of 2007 Jerry was inducted to the National Radio Hall of Fame as a Sports Broadcaster for his years as the voice of the San Diego Padres. Coleman is famous for his pet phrases "Oh Doctor!", "You can hang a star on that baby!", "And the beat goes on", and "The natives are getting restless”.
Even a detour to the dugout, where he managed the 1980 Padres to a losing record, did little to shake Coleman's love for the game, or the fans' love for him. In An American Journey, Coleman's own words paint a portrait of a man too humble to acknowledge a fact those around him have always accepted: Jerry Coleman is one of the most admirable and popular men in the history of baseball.
This event is free and open to the public. Signed books will be available for purchase. For information, contact Escondido Public Library.