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Hall of Fame broadcaster Jerry Coleman, a former second baseman for the New York Yankees who interrupted his pro career to fly as a Marine Corps pilot in World War II and Korea, died Sunday after a brief illness, the San Diego Padres said. He was 89.
Mr. Coleman spent more than four decades with the Padres as a broadcaster, and managed them in 1980.
Padres president Mike Dee said Coleman died at a hospital Sunday. He said the team was notified by Mr. Coleman’s wife, Maggie.
‘‘It’s a sad day,’’ Padres manager Bud Black said. ‘‘We’re losing a San Diego icon. He’s going to be missed.’’
Mr. Coleman spent more than 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.
He flew 120 missions combined in the two wars. Coleman was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses, 13 Air Medals and three Navy Citations.