Jerry Coleman

The graceful Coleman led AL second basemen in fielding his rookie year and was an All-Star in his second season, averaging .282 over the two years. However, a 1951 injury diminished his skills, and he will never realize the prediction of Hall of Famer Frankie Frisch that Coleman would eventually join him there. After his retirement, Coleman became a broadcaster for the Yankees and Padres (with a one-year sabbatical to manage San Diego). As an announcer, he earned the nickname “Master of the Malaprop” with such gems as “he slides into second with a standup double.”