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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:23 AM

Broadcaster Joe Garagiola to retire

mlb.com / 2-20-20

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Joe Garagiola called it a career on Wednesday after 57 years in the broadcast booth.

At 87 years old, Garagiola displayed the trademark humor and speaking skills that propelled him into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a broadcaster as he regaled the assembled media with stories from his illustrious career.

Garagiola broadcast on national network telecasts and for several teams following his retirement as a player in 1954, and he was a regular guest on "The Tonight Show" and a co-host of the "Today Show." Most recently, he had served as an occasional analyst on D-backs' television broadcasts.

Although he had surgery in 2009 to remove a brain tumor, Garagiola said that his health was not a factor in his decision to leave the broadcast booth. Instead it was a simply a matter of wanting to have more time for his wife, Audrey. The two have been married for 63 years.

MORE: http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130220&content_id=41836584&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

I remember his broadcasts on national TV. Seems like a million years ago.

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Auggie Feb 2013 OP
Kingofalldems Feb 2013 #1
El Supremo Feb 2013 #2
Auggie Feb 2013 #3
Berlum Feb 2013 #6
RockaFowler Feb 2013 #7
RockaFowler Feb 2013 #4
Auggie Feb 2013 #5
Liberal_Dog Feb 2013 #8
fishwax Feb 2013 #9
chelsea0011 Feb 2013 #10

Response to Auggie (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 11:05 AM

1. I seem to remember Garagiola and Tony Kubek doing games

They worked well together.

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:09 PM

2. I miss him doing the color at the Westminster KC Dog Show.

Dog show people hated him because he acted so dumb. The part that Fred Willard played in 'Best In Show' was modeled after Joe.

I thought he was retired already.

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Response to El Supremo (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:10 PM

3. I guess he was semi-retired ...

the article says he called D-Back games occasionally.

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Response to El Supremo (Reply #2)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:15 PM

6. Willard clip from Best in Show


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Response to Berlum (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 02:01 PM

7. I LOVE THAT MOVIE!!

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:42 PM

4. I love Joe

I met him when I was a kid and he was absolutely wonderful to my sister and me.

And I used to love him on the Westminster Shows too. Now Mary Carillo takes it too serious. Heck even Lester Holt was better than Mary Carillo in the booth!

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Response to RockaFowler (Reply #4)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 01:01 PM

5. He relayed a great quote from Yogi Berra:

Garagiola's childhood friend Yogi Berra also recently moved into a retirement community.

"I said, 'How's it going, Yog?' And he said, 'It's all right, but geez they've got a lot of old people here.'"

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:03 PM

8. My First Memories Of JG Were As A Game Show Host

I watched some of the game shows that he hosted when I was a boy.

I always enjoyed watching the "Game of the Week" with JG and Vin Scully.

Enjoy your retirement Joe. You have earned it.

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 12:52 AM

9. He helped Jimmy Carter win the presidency (by campaigning with Gerald Ford)



That was all before my time, though.

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Response to Auggie (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:23 PM

10. Baseball. That's Joe. Thanks for the years and trying to take on chewing tobacco.

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