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. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.