SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Joe Garagiola, the ballplayer-turned-announcer who was honored by the Hall of Fame for his on-air work, is ending his broadcast career after nearly six decades.
The 87-year-old Garagiola said Wednesday that he's retiring as a part-time television analyst for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He said goodbye at a 30-minute news conference at the team's spring training facility, a session marked by his trademark one-liners and a bit of emotion.
Garagiola entertained audiences for 58 years with a sharp sense of humor and a seemingly endless list of stories. His personality transcended sports and landed him a pair of stints on the "Today" show and a slot as a guest host in Johnny Carson's seat on "The Tonight Show."
Garagiola spent nine seasons in the majors as a catcher. He had worked at selected Diamondbacks games for the past 15 years.
Video: University president to student body: Grow up
'I will kill all the blacks': Police say black activist faked threats
Contained? New Report Says There’s ‘Unprecedented’ ISIS Mobilization In The U.S.
The Worst Gun Ever Made? - Bearing Arms - Calico, Video
5 Reasons I Will Not Vote For Trump If He Is The GOP Nominee | RedState
Peter Morici - 2015 Paris Climate Conference: Another Bad Deal for America
Why California Environmentalists Hate Water | Human Events