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Name:    Garagiola, Joe
Profession:  Athlete, Entertainer
Born/Started:     Feb. 12, 1926
Description:    Joe Garagiola was a catcher on the 1946 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals. After his baseball career ended, he became a nationally known broadcaster with KMOX radio and NBC TV.

Garagiola grew up on Elizabeth Street in the St. Louis neighborhood called The Hill. Signed at 16 by Branch Rickey, Garagiola played for the Cardinals in five seasons, including the 1946 championship year. In 1954, he joined St. Louis radio station KMOX and broadcast Cardinals games the next year. After moving to the Yankees, Garagiola called baseball for NBC for 27 years. Two stints with the "Today Show" capped his illustrious broadcast career. A 1973 winner of television´s Peabody Award, Garagiola entered the broadcasters´ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.

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