Jerry Coleman gets a statue at Petco Park

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Jerry Coleman doesn’t get as much notice in the National Treasure Broadcaster beat as Vin Scully and Bob Uecker, but he’s most excellent and much-loved in San Diego. And for good reason.  Yesterday he got the legend treatment at Petco Park:

Saturday night, a day after his 88th birthday, the Padres celebrated the life of Jerry Coleman by unveiling a statue of the San Diego treasure at the East Village entrance to the Park at the Park. The only other member of the Padres to be so honored is Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn.

“Jerry Coleman is one of those very few men who achieve iconic status,” Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler said recently. “I have never heard anyone say a bad word about Jerry.

Coolest thing: the statue is not him with a microphone. It’s him in his Marine Corps flight suit. Click