• Garagiola Retires

    Posted by on February 20th, 2013 · Comments (3)

    Via FOX -

    Hall of Fame broadcaster Joe Garagiola plans to announce his retirement after 58 seasons in the booth, the last 15 with the Diamondbacks.

    The team announced Tuesday it will host a press conference Wednesday at its spring training facility for Garagiola to discuss his retirement. Garagiola has appeared on select D-backs TV broadcasts since joining the team at its inception in 1998. His final broadcast was Sept. 30 on FOX Sports Arizona, when the Diamondbacks hosted the Chicago Cubs.

    Garagiola played nine seasons with four teams as a catcher from 1946-1954. His broadcast career began in 1955 with KMOX in St. Louis, where he called Cardinals games with Jack Buck and Harry Caray. In 1961, he began a nearly 30-year association with NBC. Garagiola called Yankees games from 1965-1967 before returning to NBC broadcasts.

    With NBC, Garagiola teamed notably with legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully from 1983-1988 to call the networks “Game of the Week” each Saturday, along with three All-Star Games, three National League Championship Series and three World Series. Garagiola left NBC after the 1988 World Series and later served briefly as a color analyst with the California Angels.

    Garagiola entered the broadcast wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame when he won the Ford C. Frick Award in 1991. He is also a member of the Arizona Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.

    I had no idea that Garagiola was still working. I thought he was done after leaving NBC. You’d think the fact that he was working all these years would be more celebrated and therefore better known?

    Comments on Garagiola Retires

    1. KPOcala
      February 20th, 2013 | 10:50 am

      ..and I remember when he was the MC on “To Tell the Truth”. Wow!

    2. February 20th, 2013 | 8:19 pm

      I recall the 1967 Yankee play by play team, Jerry Coleman, Phil Rizzuto and Joe Garagiola, what amazing careers the three had. Coleman as far as I know still does Padre games almost 50 years later (he’s 88). Phil became the voice of the Yankees and stayed on for another 30 years, retiring at the age of 79. Garagiola would go on to have a storied career as everything from a cohost on Today to lead network baseball announcer to game show host.

      What a broadcast booth.

    3. 77yankees
      February 20th, 2013 | 11:00 pm

      His son was part of the group that brought the expansion team to Arizona, so his father would do 10-20 home games a year.

      Then again, with the Diamondbacks TV broadcast team last year, you sure needed backup. Daron Sutton, the pbp guy, was taken off the air last June in a disagreement over wearing team merchandise on camera & analyst Mark Grace got arrested for DUI in August.

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