A broadcasting fixture announced Wednesday that he is retiring from broadcasting. Reuters reports that veteran sports and television personality Joe Garagiola is hanging up the microphone.
“Garagiola, 87, who made his Major League debut with his hometown team, the St. Louis Cardinals, in 1946 and ended his baseball career nine seasons later with the New York Giants, embarked on a much longer broadcasting career in 1955,” Reuters reports. “He began calling Cardinal radio broadcasts on KMOX that year and went on to a nearly three-decade association with NBC starting in 1961, making his mark as a commentator for the network’s baseball game of the week broadcasts into the 1980s.”
Garagiola also made the leap from sports to news and entertainment, with a couple of stints as a panelist on NBC’s “Today” show, from 1967-1973 and again from 1990-1992.
“During the 1960s and ‘70s, he filled in for Johnny Carson as an occasional guest host of NBC’s ‘Tonight Show’ and presented various game shows, including ‘He Said, She Said,’ ‘Joe Garagiola’s Memory Game,’ ‘To Tell the Truth’ and ‘Strike It Rich,’” the story reports.
He has been a part-time analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks since 1998.
Speaking at news conference at the Diamondbacks’ spring training site in Scottsdale, Ariz., Garagiola said: "I really appreciate everything that has happened to me. I don’t deserve a lot things that happened to me, but I remember Jack Benny said he had arthritis, and he didn’t deserve that either."