Garagiola retires after 58 years in booth
FEB 19, 2013 11:20a ET
The team announced Tuesday it will host a press conference Wednesday at its spring training facility for Garagiola to discuss his retirement. Garagiola has appeared on select D-backs TV broadcasts since joining the team at its inception in 1998. His final broadcast was Sept. 30 on FOX Sports Arizona, when the Diamondbacks hosted the Chicago Cubs.
Garagiola played nine seasons with four teams as a catcher from 1946-1954. His broadcast career began in 1955 with KMOX in St. Louis, where he called Cardinals games with Jack Buck and Harry Caray. In 1961, he began a nearly 30-year association with NBC. Garagiola called Yankees games from 1965-1967 before returning to NBC broadcasts.
With NBC, Garagiola teamed notably with legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully from 1983-1988 to call the networks "Game of the Week" each Saturday, along with three All-Star Games, three National League Championship Series and three World Series. Garagiola left NBC after the 1988 World Series and later served briefly as a color analyst with the California Angels.
Garagiola entered the broadcast wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame when he won the Ford C. Frick Award in 1991. He is also a member of the Arizona Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.
FOX Sports Arizona will air a replay of the Emmy Award-winning show "In My Own Words — Joe Garagiola" on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.