Unless you live in Arizona, you probably thought Joe Garagiola retired during the 1980s. So imagine my surprise when after purchasing the Major League Baseball Extra Innings package a few years ago, I heard a familiar voice when I tuned into a Diamondbacks game.
“Is that Joe Garagiola?” I thought.
Sure enough, it was, and he sounded pretty good. It turns out Garagiola has been working on select Arizona games since 1998. Now 87, he decided to call it a career Wednesday.
It’s been quite a run, dating back to 1955 when he started out working on Cardinals games in St. Louis. His partners were Harry Caray and Jack Buck. Now there’s an all-time booth.
Talk about being on hand for baseball history. The clip above features Garagiola doing the open for Game 5 of the 1961 World Series between the Yankees and Reds.