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We catch up with Hall of Fame Broadcaster Jerry Coleman for a chat about his career on the field and in the booth. Plus - This week's in-studio guest is Lori Colognesi Hess, a holistic healing coach and founder of divaexchange.com
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Sports and Torts: Lori Colognesi Hess
Bikini competitor Lori Colognesi Hess talks about the popularity of bikini competitions, how they work, and why she started a website called divaexchange.com for bikini athletes.
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Sports and Torts: Jerry Coleman
Former player, Padres manager and broadcaster Jerry Coleman talks about his career in so many areas of the big leagues and how the league has changed over the years.
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Jerry Coleman
orn in San Jose, California, Coleman graduated from Lowell High School, then spent his entire playing career with the New York Yankees. He played 6 years in their minor league system before reaching the big club in 1949. Coleman hit .275 in his first year and led all second basemen in fielding percentage. He was the Associated Press' rookie of the year in 1949, and finishing third in balloting by Baseball Writers Association of America. Coleman avoided a sophomore jinx by earning a selection to the All-Star team in 1950. He then shined in the World Series with brilliant defense, earning him the BBWAA's Babe Ruth Award as the series' most valuable player. Nicknamed "The Colonel", due to being promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Coleman was also a Marine aviator and left baseball to serve in the Korean War, and postponing his entry into professional baseball in World War II. While a Marine Corps aviator he flew 120 combat missions, receiving numerous honors and medals including two Distinguished Flying Crosses,[5] and has been honored in recent years, including being inducted into the USMC Sports Hall of Fame,[6] for his call to duty. He is one of only a few Major League Baseball players, including Ted Williams to have seen combat in two wars. Coleman's career declined after he was injured the following season, relegating him to a bench role. He was forced to retire after the 1957 season, but he left on a good note; hitting .364 in a World Series loss against the Milwaukee Braves. He appeared in the World Series six times in his career, winning four of them.In 1960, Coleman began a broadcasting career with CBS television, conducting pregame interviews on the network's Game of the Week broadcasts. In 1960, Coleman began a broadcasting career with CBS television, conducting pregame interviews on the network's Game of the Week broadcasts. In 1963 he began a seven-year run calling New York Yankees' games on WCBS radio and WPIX television. After broadcasting for the California Angels for two years, in 1972 Coleman became lead radio announcer for the San Diego Padres, a position he has held every year since but 1980, when the Padres hired him to manage (predating a trend of broadcasters-turned-managers that started in the late 1990s). He also called national regular-season and postseason broadcasts for CBS Radio from the mid-1970s to the 1990s. He is known as the "Master of the Malaprop" for making sometimes embarrassing mistakes on the microphone,but he is nonetheless popular. In 2005, he was given the Ford C. Frick Award of the National Baseball Hall of Fame for broadcasting excellence, and is one of five Frick award winners that also played in the Major Leagues (along with Joe Garagiola, Tony Kubek, Tim McCarver, and Bob Uecker). In the fall of 2007 Jerry was inducted to the National Radio Hall of Fame as a Sports Broadcaster for his years as the play by play voice of the San Diego Padres. Coleman is the oldest active play-by-play announcer.

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