February 12, 1926—March 23, 2016

"Baseball is drama with an endless run and an ever-changing cast." - Joe Garagiola on baseball

St. Louis native, one-time St. Louis Cardinals, and renowned broadcaster Joe Garagiola attended St. Mary’s High School in St. Louis and grew up in the same neighborhood as future New York Yankees catching great Yogi Berra.

Garagiola, a catcher, played for the Cardinals from 1946 to 1951 before being traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates midseason. He moved on to the Chicago Cubs for two seasons (1953-1954) and ended his career with the New York Giants in late 1954. Overall in his nine seasons, he batted .257 with 42 home runs, 82 doubles, and 255 RBI.

He had four hits in Game 4 of the 1946 World Series, in which the Cardinals beat the Boston Red Sox in seven games. Garagiola went on to become one of the game’s great TV analysts as he worked for 58 years, first for KMOX radio and then NBC. He won the Ford Frick Award for broadcasting and subsequent honor in the Hall of Fame in 1991.