Joe Garagiola, who played nine MLB seasons before a long broadcasting career, died Wednesday at the age of 90.
“Joe was one of a kind and I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know him and his family,” Diamondbacks managing general partner Ken Kendrick said in a statement. “His sense of humor certainly stood out to all of us, but perhaps more importantly, the mark he left in the community around him will carry on his legacy for generations to come.”
Over his 58-year broadcasting career, Garagiola ingratiated himself to viewers and listeners thanks to his witty sense of humor. He received the 1991 Ford Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of this amazing man who was not just beloved by those of us in his family, but to generations of baseball fans who he impacted during his eight decades in the game,” Garagiola’s family said in a statement. “Joe loved the game and passed that love onto family, his friends, his teammates, his listeners and everyone he came across as a player and broadcaster. His impact on the game, both on and off the field, will forever be felt.”
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