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Encyclopedia > Joe Garagiola
Joe Garagiola
Joe Garagiola as host of To Tell the Truth
Catcher
Born: February 12, 1926 (1926-02-12) (age 81)
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
May 26, 1946
for the St. Louis Cardinals
Final game
September 26, 1954
for the New York Giants
Career statistics
AVG     .257
HR     42
RBI     255
Teams

St. Louis Cardinals (1946-1951
Pittsburgh Pirates (1951-1953)
Chicago Cubs (1953-1954)
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Career highlights and awards
1946 World Series champion

Joseph Henry 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 accomplishents. He has also been given his own star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. The 1946 World Series of Major League Baseball was played in October, 1946 between the St. ... is the 43rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1926 (MCMXXVI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Missouri Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor Francis G. Slay (D) Area  - City  66. ... The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Rod Carew, Gaylord Perry and Ferguson Jenkins are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, with Carew becoming the 22nd player to be named in his first year of eligibility. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... The Ford C. Frick Award is an award bestowed annually by the Baseball Hall of Fame in the United States to a broadcaster for major contributions to baseball. ... The St. ...

Contents

Early life

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 Place".) It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into The Hill (St. ... Language(s) American English, Italian, Sicilian, Neapolitan, other (predominantly southern) Italian dialects and languages of Italian historical minorities Religion(s) Roman Catholic An Italian American is an American of Italian descent. ... . ... Lawrence Peter Yogi Berra (born May 12, 1925 in St. ...


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. Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1946 throughout the world. ...


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. The 1946 World Series of Major League Baseball was played in October, 1946 between the St. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... Theodore Samuel Williams (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002), best known as Ted Williams, nicknamed The Kid, the Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame and The Thumper, was an American left fielder in Major League Baseball. ...


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 quit?" This article is about the baseball team. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885–1957) New York Gothams (1883–1885) Other nicknames Jints, Gigantes, G-Men Ballpark AT... Stan Musials number 6 was retired by the St. ...


Books

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. Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Ghostwriter (disambiguation). ...


Garagiola also wrote It's Anybody's Ballgame (1980) and Just Play Ball (2007). Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


Broadcasting career

Joe Garagiola and Vin Scully (right) host NBC's coverage of the 1983 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
Joe Garagiola and Vin Scully (right) host NBC's coverage of the 1983 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

Garagiola turned to broadcasting following his retirement as a player, first calling Cardinals radio broadcasts on KMOX from 1955 to 1962. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1061x1364, 224 KB) This image is of a sporting event poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the organization hosting the event or the artist which produced the poster in question. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1061x1364, 224 KB) This image is of a sporting event poster, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the organization hosting the event or the artist which produced the poster in question. ... For the American architecture historian, see Vincent Scully. ... This article is about the television network. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1983 throughout the world. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the starting position players and by the respective managers (from the previous years World... KMOX is an AM radio station broadcasting from St. ... The following are the events of the year 1955 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... The following are the events of the year 1962 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ...

See also: Major League Baseball on NBC

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. An NBC Sports camera capturing the action at Dodger Stadium. ... This article is about the television network. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1961 throughout the world. ... Bob Wolff was the radio and TV voice of the Washington Senators from 1947 to 1960 and the Minnesota Twins in 1961. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as... The following are the baseball events of the year 1965 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1967 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1974 throughout the world. ...


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.) Curtis Edward Gowdy (July 31, 1919 – February 20, 2006) was an American sportscaster, well-known as the longtime voice of the Boston Red Sox and for his coverage of many nationally-televised sporting events, primarily for NBC Sports in the 1960s and 1970s. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 14 - Ted Turner completes the purchase of 100 percent of the Atlanta Braves. ... A color commentator (colour commentator in Canada), sometimes known as a color analyst, is a member of the broadcasting team for a sporting event who assists the play-by-play announcer by filling in any time when play is not in progress. ... Tony Kubek (left) interviews Joe Morgan following the Cincinnati Reds Game 4 victory in the 1976 World Series. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1982 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1983 throughout the world. ... For the American architecture historian, see Vincent Scully. ... Robert Quinlan Costas (born March 22, 1952) is an American sportscaster, on the air for the NBC network since the early 1980s. ...


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. Dates: October 15, 1988–October 20, 1988 MVP: Orel Hershiser (Los Angeles) Television: NBC CBS Radio (Jack Buck and Bill White announcing) Announcers: Vin Scully and Joe Garagiola Umpires: Doug Harvey (NL), Larry McCoy (AL), Bruce Froemming (NL), Durwood Merrill (AL), Jerry Crawford (NL), Derryl Cousins (AL) ALCS: Oakland Athletics... The NBC Sports logo used since 1989. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Major League Baseball on CBS is the name of the former TV show that televised Major League Baseball games on the American television network CBS (legally known as the Columbia Broadcasting System from 1928-1974). ... George Thomas Seaver (born November 17, 1944 in Fresno, California) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher who broke into the major leagues in 1967 and retired in 1986. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 11, 26, 29, 30, 42, 50 Name Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005–present) Anaheim Angels (1997-2004) California Angels (1965-1996) Los Angeles Angels (1961-1965) Other nicknames The Halos, The Wings, The Seraphs... Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) West Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–present) Other nicknames The D-backs, The Snakes Ballpark Chase Field (1998–present) a. ...


Other ventures

Joe Garagiola (left) watching election returns with Gerald Ford in 1976. Ford was defeated by Jimmy Carter.
Joe Garagiola (left) watching election returns with Gerald Ford in 1976. Ford was defeated by Jimmy Carter.

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. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... For other persons named Gerald Ford, see Gerald Ford (disambiguation). ... For other persons named Jimmy Carter, see Jimmy Carter (disambiguation). ... Today, commonly referred to as The Today Show to avoid ambiguity, is an American morning news and talk show airing weekday mornings on the NBC television network. ... The year 1967 in television involved some significant events. ... See also: 1972 in television, other events of 1973, 1974 in television and the list of years in television. For the American network television schedule, please see 1973-74 American network television schedule. ... The year 1991 in television involved some significant events. ... The year 1992 in television involved some significant events. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... A game show is a radio or television program involving members of the public or celebrities, sometimes as part of a team, playing a game, perhaps involving answering quiz questions, for points or prizes. ... He Said, She Said was an American game show hosted by former baseball great Joe Garagiola. ... Countries which have their own version Sale of the Century is an international television game show format that has screened in several countries in various incarnations since 1969. ... Nipsey Russell, Peggy Cass, Bill Cullen and Kitty Carlisle from the 1969-78 version. ... Strike it Rich was a American game show that aired in syndication during the 1986-87 television season. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a two-day benched conformation show that takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City every year. ...


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. Shredded tobacco leaf for pipe smoking Tobacco can also be pressed into plugs and sliced into flakes Tobacco is an agricultural product processed from the fresh leaves of plants in the genus Nicotiana. ...


Garagiola was the keynote luncheon speaker July 28th at the 2007 convention of the Society for American Baseball Research held in St. Louis, Missouri. is the 209th day of the year (210th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... SABR redirects here; for Selectable Assault Battle Rifle (S.A.B.R.) see XM29 OICW The Society for American Baseball Research was established in Cooperstown, New York in August of 1971. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Missouri Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor Francis G. Slay (D) Area  - City  66. ...


Personal

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[1], is a broadcast journalist as well, serving as a reporter and anchor for WDIV-TV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit. His daughter Gina also worked for tv news, serving as a field reporter for channel 3 in Arizona, and now writes free-lance for multiple publications such as Guideposts and Chicken Soup For The Soul. He has eight grandkids. Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) West Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–present) Other nicknames The D-backs, The Snakes Ballpark Chase Field (1998–present) a. ... WDIV (Local 4) is the NBC television station based in Detroit, Michigan. ... This article is about the television network. ... Detroit redirects here. ...


References

  1. ^ http://www.clickondetroit.com/newsteam/269707/detail.html

External links

Preceded by
Garry Moore
Host of To Tell the Truth
1977–1978
Succeeded by
Robin Ward
Awards
Preceded by
By Saam
Ford C. Frick Award
1991
Succeeded by
Milo Hamilton
Preceded by
Curt Gowdy
World Series network television play-by-play announcer (with Curt Gowdy in 1975 and Dick Enberg in 1982; concurrent with Keith Jackson and Al Michaels in even numbered years)
1975-1982
Succeeded by
Al Michaels (in odd numbered years only) and Vin Scully (in even numbered years only)

 
 

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