You Don’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Honored and Beloved

ACADEME BLOG

As the snow piles up and the Arctic Vortex descends on most of the continental United States, we can probably all use something heart-warming to read.

Jerry Coleman passed away today at age 89. He may not be a household name nationally, but elderly and diehard Yankees fans will remember him as a solid second-baseman on some exceptional teams, and it is not an exaggeration to say that the city of San Diego is in mourning, for his statue stands outside of the Padres stadium. Nonetheless, the rest of you are probably wondering all the more who Jerry Coleman was.

After he was drafted by the New York Yankees, the start of Coleman’s Major League Baseball career was delayed for three years by his service as a decorated Marine aviator who flew almost 50 missions in the South Pacific during World War II. After being discharged from the service, he…

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