After graduating from high school in 1942, Jerry Coleman traveled three days by train from San Francisco to Wellsville, N.Y., to report to the New York Yankees’ Class D affiliate.
Still 17, he was too young to enlist and fight in World War II, so he got to spend the summer playing ball.
It was the start of his 70 years in pro baseball, a career that included four World Series titles with the Yankees and was interrupted by World War II and the Korean War, when he served as a Marine Corps pilot.
On Saturday, the San Diego Padres will honor his long career in baseball by unveiling a statue of Coleman at Petco Park.
Coleman began calling Padres games on radio in 1972. He had a forgettable stint as the club’s manager in 1980 before returning to the booth.
The Padres aren’t saying whether Coleman will be depicted as the slick-fielding Yankees’ second baseman, the pilot who flew 120 missions combined in two wars or as a Hall of Fame broadcaster.
Pitcher McCarthy visits A’s teammates
Oakland pitcher Brandon McCarthy stopped by the clubhouse to visit his teammates, just more than a week after getting hit in the head with a line drive.
Upon being discharged from the hospital, McCarthy said he hopes to return to the mound.
He will remain in the Bay Area for three weeks.
Valentine: Bosox roster ‘weakest’
Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine says his team’s roster is beyond depleted.
Valentine was asked before last night’s win in Toronto what part of his last-place club would benefit most from some extra call-ups.
“Are you kidding?” Valentine said. “This is the weakest roster we’ve ever had in September in the history of baseball. It could use help everywhere.”
One dead in shooting between stadiums
A man shot and wounded a female parking lot employee between the stadiums that are home to the Kansas City Chiefs and Royals before killing himself, police said.
Graves said the woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition. The pair were both in their 40s and knew each other, but police did not elaborate.
Clearing the bases
Cincinnati closer Aroldis Chapman says his weary pitching shoulder feels better after a break and he expects to be back in action in a few days. Chapman played long toss and threw 40 pitches. … Miami manager Ozzie Guillen defended his team in a profane tweet, saying a reporter made “stupid comments about the miami team. … we still play hard. … i think u no watch.”
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