Joe Garagiola Left Lasting Legacy on Baseball
Earlier today, we heard that baseball legend Joe Garagiola passed away at 90. The former big league catcher was best known for his broadcasting career following his playing days. Garagiola teamed up with Tony Kubek and later Vin Scully on NBC's Saturday MLB Game of the Week.
As a player, Garagiola grew up in St. Louis across the street from childhood friend Yogi Berra and debuted with the Cardinals in 1946. He also played for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, and the New York Giants over nine seasons in MLB and was a .257 hitter during his career. Following his playing career, Garagiola spent 30 years with NBC and he was the recipient of the 2014 Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, presented once every three years by the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Garagiola authored three books following his retirement from baseball, including Just Play Ball in 2007. I had the chance to interview the baseball legend and Garagiola didn't disappoint. He shared some great stories about our National Pastime and his book, and I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did.