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Ralph Coleman, Jr. Oral History Interview. July 8, 2014

Ralph Coleman, Jr. Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Chris Petersen.

July 8, 2014

Location:  Coleman residence, Portland, Oregon.

Ralph Coleman, Jr. (b. 1931) is a 1954 OSC graduate in Business Administration. A Corvallis native, Coleman played baseball for his father, Ralph Sr., during his Oregon State years. Ralph Coleman, himself a graduate of Oregon Agricultural College, led Beaver baseball for parts of five decades, beginning in the mid-1920s and lasting until his retirement in 1966. Coleman was also an early track coach and director of the school's intramural sports program. Ralph Coleman, Jr.'s interview focuses on memories of his father, growing up in Corvallis in the 1930s and 1940s, and the early years of Oregon State baseball.