This article, written by Bart Barnes, appears on The Daily Gazette.
Joe Garagiola, ballplayer who reinvented himself as witty broadcaster, dies at 90
Joe Garagiola, who transformed a mediocre playing career in baseball into almost six decades as a popular and joyously self-deprecating broadcaster, becoming the sport’s ambassador to the American public and a host of the “Today” show, died March 23 in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 90.
His family announced the death but did not cite a cause. He had been in ill health since a stroke and heart attack in 2013.
From 1946 to 1954, Mr. Garagiola was a catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and New York Giants. Statistically, his career was eminently forgettable. He retired with a lifetime batting average of .257, hit 42 home runs and had 255 runs batted in.
Instead, he left his mark on the airways. Read more at The Daily Gazette…
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