SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The Padres announced Wednesday they will unveil a statue of longtime play-by-play announcer Jerry Coleman during ceremonies next month to honor his 70 years in baseball.
Pre-game ceremonies on Sept. 15 will include the unveiling and a performance by the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. The Padres host the Colorado Rockies at 5:35 p.m., and fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 5 p.m.
Coleman, who has been involved with San Diego's baseball club for 40 years, was an infielder for the New York Yankees during his playing days. His baseball career was twice interrupted for military service as a Marine aviator, during World War II and the Korean War.
Tom Garfinkel, the team president and CEO, said Coleman inspires the Padres daily.
"He's served our country in two wars and has been named World Series MVP, yet Jerry remains the most humble person you will ever meet," Garfinkel said. "Through this tribute, we want to thank Jerry and honor him in a way that shows him how much he means to this community and everyone in the Padres organization."
Coleman, who managed the Padres in 1980, is also set to be honored at a gala aboard the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum on Aug. 30.