Jerry Coleman, the late Padres broadcaster and former MLB player, was honored at Petco Park just weeks after his passing. According to the Associated Press,
There was an F-18 flyover, a 21-gun salute and moving eulogies by former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre and Padres broadcaster Ted Leitner.
The service was well deserved for Coleman, who contributd much to the MLB community.
Coleman, 89, died Jan. 5. He won four World Series titles with the Yankees and was the only major leaguer who saw combat in both World War II and Korea, flying a combined 120 missions as a Marine Corps pilot. He was a Padres broadcaster for four decades.
”If you loved baseball and your country, you loved Jerry Coleman,” said Torre, who works for Major League Baseball and will be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer. ”What a life, what a man. God bless him.”
The service itself was well received, with many spectators at Petco Park to watch the planes fly over the stadium, as well as speeches by some of Coleman’s closest friends.