RIP, Joe Garagiola. Ballplayer, Broadcaster, Host
Joe Garagiola has died. He was 90, the same age as his lifelong friend Yogi Berra, who died last year. Garagiola came from "The Hill", an Italian section of St. Louis. Both he and Berra became major league baseball stars. In his rookie season, 1946, he hit over .300 in the World Series for the victorious St. Louis Cardinals.
After his career, he moved in sports broadcasting, and was the voice of NBC Game of the Week in the 1960's and 70's. He also hosted game shows (He Said, She Said, Sale of the Century and To Tell the Truth among others), and became a host of NBC's Today Show for two stints.
One of the more interesting stories about Garagiola's television career came from 1968. Garagiola was guest hosting the Tonight Show when John Lennon and Paul McCartney made their only appearance as the Beatles.