Did you know he still was working? Garagiola retires after 58 years in the booth

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.



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