In Memoriam: Joe Garagiola

Remembering the life of the ballplayer and broadcaster.

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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