An American Journey by Jerry Coleman
I am currently reading “An American Journey: My Life On The Field, In The Air, and On The Air” by Jerry Coleman. For those of you who are not familiar with Jerry, he is native of San Francisco who was also a a member of the New York Yankee in the 1940’s & 1950’s. He won rookie of the year in 1949 and in 1950 he was an All-Star and was given World Series MVP honors. He actually ended up on 4 World Series champion teams during his time with the Yankees but is probably known more for what he has done outside his time with the Yankees.
Jerry was a WWII & Korean War hero, was the San Diego Padres Manager in 1980 and has been a radio announcer for the Padres since 1972 who also worked in the booth for the Yankees & Angels prior to that. In 2005 Jerry was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. My entire life he has been the voice of the Padres on some level or another and I have always loved his voice and sense of humor but I did not know much more about his life outside the Padres & Yankees prior to buying this book.
Anyone who has a interest in San Francisco during the depression years, the baseball history in the city San Francisco, The New York Yankees, The San Diego Padres, and WWII/Korean War stories should pick this book up. I read through half of it the first time I picked it up and highly recommend it as Jerry has lead a very interesting life!