Legendary broadcaster and baseball great Joe Garagiola Sr. sadly passed away on Mar. 23 age 90 in Scottsdale, AZ, the Arizona Diamondbacks have confirmed. Click for the full details.
First-class baseball broadcaster and all-time great player Joe Garagiola Sr. has died in Scottsdale, Arizona age 90, the Arizona Diamondbacks confirmed in a sad tweet on Mar. 23. Our thoughts and prayers go to his family during this very sad time.
Joe is best remembered for his services to baseball as a commentator on NBC, where he gave his expert analysis for over 30-years from 1961. In fact, his work was rewarded by the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991, who gave him the Ford Frick Award for “major contributions to baseball.” He also worked on the channel’s Game of the Week with Curt Gowdy, Tony Kubek and Bob Costas.
After leaving NBC in 1988, Joe became commentator for the California Angels, as well as the Diamondbacks and was beloved by all until he retired in 2013 at the incredible age of 87. Baseball really was in his blood, and it was with great reluctance that he hung his mic.
Joe’s life in baseball wasn’t just as a broadcaster, he spent 9 seasons playing in the major leagues for St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and the New York Giants in a career that started in 1946 and lasted till 1954. Renowned as a catcher, he hit 42 career home runs, with 255 RBIs. His batting average was .257.
— Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) March 23, 2016
The Arizona Diamondbacks were quick to notify their fans that Joe had passed away with a meaningful tweet. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of baseball legend and former
#Dbacks broadcaster Joe Garagiola,” it read.
HollywoodLifers, are you saddened by the news of Joe’s passing? What’s your favorite memory of him?