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Remembering Joe Garagiola

March 24, 2016

I never met the great baseball figure, Joe Garagiola, who passed away yesterday at the age of 90, but so many of my baseball memories were described by Mr. Garagiola, some without my knowledge at a young age.

He was one of the radio play by play men along with Ernie Harwell (1963), Phil Rizzuto (1964) (Curt Gowdy and Harry Caray working together also did radio play by play in 1964) and By Saam (1965), on three incredibly meaningful World Series to me, (1963-1965), though I was not aware of the names.

Mr. Garagiola known for his baseball humor gained great fame in other fields including a stint as the host of the famed, still going NBC Today Show.

My reflections on Garagiola remember him as the founder of B.A.T. (Baseball Assistance Team) which helps so many baseball players and even more so for his battle vs chewing tobacco.

The bravery and passion both Mr. Garagiola and former player Bill Tuttle, the latter a victim of oral cancer almost certainly caused by chewing tobacco, exhibited in battling and pointing out the negative involving chewing tobacco was truly remarkable.

 

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Joe Garagiola pictured above.

Click below to hear and view Garagiola’s excellent television play by play call of Dwight Evans’ great catch in game 6 of the 1975 World Series. Dick Stockton is heard doing commentary.

 

1975 WS Gm6: Evans makes spectacular catch in right field

 

 

 

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