Hall of Fame Broadcaster, Former Cardinal Player Joe Garagiola Dies at 90
Former major league catcher and longtime broadcaster Joe Garagiola has passed away at 90. His nine-year playing career included helping his hometown St. Louis Cardinals win the 1946 World Series as a 20-year old rookie.
Following his playing career he had tremendous success in the broadcasting booth, doing games for NBC television and eventually the Arizona Diamondbacks. He also appeared on NBC's Today Show and was a frequent guest on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.
Growing up in the Hill neighborhood of St. Louis not far from future Hall of Famer Yogi Berra, Garagiola went on to hit .257 during nine years in the majors.
Which caused Garagiola to once remark, "Not only was I not the best catcher in the major leagues, I wasn't even the best catcher on my street."