Jerry Coleman, who played nine seasons wit the Yankees, passed away at the age of 89.
Coleman hit .263 with a .340 OBP from 1949 through 1957, and was named an All-Star in 1950.
He later went on to a very long career as a broadcaster for the San Diego Padres.
“My family was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jerry Coleman,” Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. “First and foremost, he was an American hero whose service to this country is his lasting legacy. He was also a great Yankee, a true ambassador for Baseball, and someone whose imprint on our game will be felt for generations. On behalf of the entire New York Yankees organization, we send our deepest condolences to the Coleman family.”
Coleman lost three years of baseball due to his service as a Marine Corps. pilot.