Joe Garagiola Dead – Broadcaster And Former Baseball Player Dies At 90
Joe Garagiola is dead. The former baseball player and legendary announcer died on Wednesday. Garagiola was 90.
For nearly 30 years, Garagiola was the play-by-play announcer of Major League Baseball games on NBC. Known for his easy manner and sense of humor, Garagiola was also a member of the “Today Show,” and an occasional fill-in guest host on the “Tonight Show.” And he guest hosted the game shows To Tell The Truth and Match Game, as well as fronted the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for nearly a decade.
In later years, Garagiola worked as a commentator for the California Angels and Arizona Diamondbacks games until his official retirement in 2013. It was the Diamondbacks that announced his death, noting on Twitter, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of baseball legend and former #Dbacks broadcaster Joe Garagiola.”
Prior to becoming a broadcaster, Garagiola played catcher between 1946 and 1954 for the St. Louis Cardinals, Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates, and New York Giants. The Cardinals won the Worlds Series in his rookie year.
Garagiola is survived by his wife of 56 years, Audrie, and their three children Joe Jr., Steve, and Gina, as well as several grandchildren. Gossip Cop would like to express its deepest sympathies to the Garagiola family.