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Joseph Henry "Joe" Garagiola, Sr., (born
February 12, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American former catcher in Major
League Baseball who later became an announcer and television host, popular for
his colorful personality. In 1991, he was honored by the Baseball Hall of Fame
with the Ford Frick Award for outstanding broadcasting accomplishments. He has
also been given his own star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
Born: February 12, 1926 (1926-02-12) (age 82)
Batted: Left Threw: Right
May 26, 1946
for the St. Louis Cardinals
September 26, 1954
for the New York Giants
St. Louis Cardinals (1946-1951)
Pittsburgh Pirates (1951-1953)
Chicago Cubs (1953-1954)
New York Giants (1954)
Career highlights and awards
1946 World Series champion
Garagiola grew up on Elizabeth Avenue in an Italian-American neighborhood in St.
Louis known as The Hill, just a few doors down from his childhood friend and
competitor, Yogi Berra. (That block was subsequently renamed "Hall of Fame
When Berra and Garagiola were both teenagers, almost all pro scouts rated
Garagiola as the better baseball prospect, although Berra had a Hall of Fame
career, and Garagiola has always respected Berra's ability. About growing up
living next to Berra, Garagiola once said, "Not only was I not the best catcher
in the Major Leagues, I wasn't even the best catcher on my street!"
Baseball playing career
Garagiola was signed at age 16 by the St. Louis Cardinals organization and made
his major league debut in 1946.
As a rookie in 1946, in his only World Series appearance, Garagiola batted a
6-for-19 in five games, including a Game 4 where he went 4-for-5 with 3 RBIs. By
contrast, future Hall of Famer Ted Williams went only 5-for-25 in the same
series, which was also Williams' only World Series appearance.
But Garagiola never quite lived up to the promise of his youth, appearing in
only 676 games over 9 seasons for St. Louis, the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago
Cubs and New York Giants. He was a mediocre hitter in the majors and featured
that in his self-deprecating humor. He once told this story on himself: He knew
that it was time to retire, when he was catching and his ex-teammate Stan Musial
stepped into the batter's box, turned to Joe, and said, "When are you gonna
After his retirement from baseball, Garagiola lent his name to a 1960 book,
Baseball is a Funny Game, which sold well upon release and helped establish
Garagiola as a "personality." The (largely ghostwritten) book was a collection
of humorous anecdotes surrounding his upbringing and his playing career, and
showcased the folksy, humorous style that became his trademark as a broadcaster.
Garagiola also wrote It's Anybody's Ballgame (1980) and Just Play Ball (2007).
Garagiola turned to broadcasting following his retirement as a player, first
calling Cardinals radio broadcasts on KMOX from 1955 to 1962.
As an announcer, Garagiola is best known for his almost 30 year association with
NBC. He began doing national baseball broadcasts for NBC in 1961 (teaming with
Bob Wolff). Additionally, in the 1960s, Garagiola called some World Series on
NBC Radio. Partners included By Saam and George Kell. After a stint doing New
York Yankees games from 1965 to 1967 that saw him call Mickey Mantle's 500th
home run, Garagiola returned to broadcasting NBC baseball in 1974.
Garagiola alternated play-by-play duties with Curt Gowdy on NBC until 1976, when
he assumed the role full-time. He teamed with color commentator Tony Kubek from
1976 to 1982; in 1983, he shifted to color commentary as Vin Scully joined the
network as lead play-by-play announcer. (Kubek joined Bob Costas to form NBC's
#2 baseball announcing duo in this era.) Besides working on the Saturday Game of
the Week for NBC, the team of Scully and Garagiola would call three All-Star
Games (1983, 1985, and 1987), three National League Championship Series (1983,
1985, and 1987) and three World Series (1984, 1986, and 1988).
After calling the 1988 World Series with Scully, Garagiola resigned from NBC
Sports. NBC was on the verge of losing the television rights to cover Major
League Baseball to CBS. Garagiola claimed that NBC left him "twisting" while he
was trying to renegotiate his deal. Garagiola was replaced on the NBC telecasts
by Tom Seaver. After leaving NBC Sports, Garagiola had a brief stint as a
television commentator for the California Angels. In recent years, he has
performed some color commentary duties for the Arizona Diamondbacks, where his
son, Joe Garagiola Jr., served as general manager.
Besides calling baseball games for NBC, Garagiola served as a panelist on The
Today Show from 1967 to 1973 and again from 1991 to 1992. He also occasionally
guest-hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, including for the only
live appearances of any members of The Beatles on the program while still a
group (John Lennon and Paul McCartney were the guests).
In the late 1960s and 1970s, Garagiola also hosted the game shows He Said, She
Said; Joe Garagiola's Memory Game; Sale of the Century; To Tell the Truth; and
Strike it Rich; as well as the Monday Night Baseball pre-game show The Baseball
World of Joe Garagiola. He also hosted the St. Louis area professional wrestling
show, titled Wrestling at the Chase. Garagiola also gained a new form of
notoriety thanks to his stints as host of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
In the 1976 presidential election, Garagiola strongly supported the candidacy of
President Gerald Ford. In the fall campaign the Republican National Committee
hired Garagiola to do a series of television ads with Ford; the ads consisted of
Garagiola talking to Ford in a relaxed, informal setting. Derided as "The Joe
and Jerry Show," the ads only reinforced the perception that Ford was inept and
inarticulate, and were considered by most a net negative to the Ford campaign.
The two men became close friends; on Election Night 1976, President Ford invited
Garagiola to be one of his guests at the White House to watch the results on
Garagiola has also become an advocate in recent years against the use of spit
tobacco. He visits major league teams every year during spring training
alongside players from his generation who have suffered cancer injuries due to
chewing tobacco use.
Society for American Baseball Research
Garagiola was the keynote luncheon speaker July 28 at the 2007 convention of the
Society for American Baseball Research held in St. Louis, Missouri.
Garagiola's son, Joe Jr., went on to become the general manager for the Arizona
Diamondbacks and later, senior vice president of baseball operations for Major
League Baseball. His other son, Steve, is a broadcast journalist as well,
serving as a reporter and anchor for WDIV-TV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit.,
His daughter, Gina, has also worked in TV news, as a field reporter for Arizona
station KTVK, and now writes free-lance for multiple publications such as
Guideposts and Chicken Soup for the Soul. Garagiola, Sr. has eight
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