Jerry Coleman was an integral part of the New York Yankees championship teams in the 1950s. Long before his Hall of Fame broadcasting career began with the Padres, Coleman joined Casey Stengel’s squad in 1949 as a second baseman. His offensive and defensive skills helped the Yankees make six World Series appearances, winning four rings. After winning the Rookie of the Year Award, Coleman earned his only All-Star berth in 1950. That same year, Coleman shined as World Series MVP with a stellar glove. He also drove home the winning run in Game 3.
Marty Appel, long associated with the Yankees as a publicist, producer and author, tells Tuned In that Coleman was the perfect player in Stengel’s world.
“He could play three positions and like Gil McDougald, gave Casey a lot of maneuverability for his system of platoon baseball,” Appel says. “A clutch player, a fine team man, and one of the ‘greatest generation,’ for his service to his country in two wars.”
His playing time was cut short because of flying hours with the Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War.
Coleman would get another opportunity with the Yanks, beginning a seven-season stint as television play-by-play voice in 1963 on WPIX. There were a couple of pennant winning teams early for Coleman to announce, ahead of the late 1960s doldrums in the Bronx. However, one moment got everyone out of their seats when Mickey Mantle hit his 500th home run in May 1967.
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Rob Morrison was under media scrutiny for allegedly choking his wife, Ashley, in February. Within days of the incident, Rob was officially gone from his morning anchoring duties at WCBS-TV.
Greg Kelly, however, was welcomed back to mornings, as co-anchor of WNYW’s Good Day New York. Kelly spent six short months as the station’s lead anchor at night. The failed experiment caused a “do-over” in January, re-teaming the popular Kelly with Rosanna Scotto.
WPIX made some waves by hiring sportscaster Scott Stanford as a news anchor.
The Yankees are staying put in the CBS Radio family, but leaving WCBS 880 for a multi-year deal with WFAN 660/101.9 FM.
In a short press release by CBS, the words New York Mets were not mentioned. The Amazins were the cornerstone of the fledgling all-sports format in 1987, grandfathered in from their 1050 WHN days.
The likely home for the Mets would appear to be ESPN 98.7 FM, which switched from 1050 to eventually secure baseball play-by-play rights. WOR has been mentioned online as another possible home for the Mets.
The Yankees, who in the last couple of years, inked one-year extensions with WCBS, may have been swayed by the 50,000 watt flamethrower that is WFAN. On a clear night, 660 is heard in Florida.
“We are extremely excited to have reached an agreement with CBS Radio,” said Yankees Managing General Partner Hal Steinbrenner. “The paramount consideration was how our fans would best be able to hear our games. Having the Yankees on WFAN-AM/FM provides listeners in the New York metropolitan area and beyond with superior broadcast quality and vast territorial signal strength.”