Crabb and Coleman Enter Binghamton Shrine
Former Mayor of the City of Binghamton Juanita Crabb and Binghamton Triplet Jerry Coleman will enter the Binghamton Baseball Shrine in ceremonies prior to Friday night's Rumble Ponies game versus Hartford at NYSEG Stadium. The induction ceremonies will be on the field before the first pitch.
Crabb was a driving force in bringing professional baseball back to the area. After Route 17 took Johnson Field and the Triplets ceased operations there was a baseball drought until 1992. Under Mayor Crabb's guidance Binghamton was able to obtain enough funding to build a new 6,000 seat stadium. With that construction in progress the New York Mets made the commitment to develop their talent at the Double-A level in Binghamton.
Coleman played with the Binghamton Triplets in 1946. He went on to play with the New York Yankees for nine seasons. He played in six World Series and was named the MVP of the 1950 World Series.
After his playing days ended Coleman began a new career as a broadcaster for the San Diego Padres calling their games for over four decades. Coleman will be honored posthumously while Crabb is expected to be in attendance for the induction ceremonies.