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Joe Garagiola Announces Retirement After An Amazing 58 Years of Broadcasting (VIDEO)

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What a career!

Baseball player, TV host and sports announcer Joe Garagiola announced today that he is retiring after an astonishing 58-year career in broadcasting.  His baseball career only lasted from 1946 to 1954 on the field but Joe was a presence (both on the field and in the broadcasting booth) for nearly six decades.

Besides his acclaimed sports announcing career (he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as the 1991 Ford Frick winner), Joe’s exuberant personality lent itself to a myriad of personal appearances.  He even guest hosted for Johnny Carson several times on the Tonight Show.  He was a longtime member of the Today Show from 1967 to 1973.  For many years Joe was the “color commentator” at the Westminster Kennel Club dog shows.

But what is really surprising is the contribution Joe made to the television game show world.  Among the shows he hosted were He Said, She Said, The Memory Game, Sale of the Century and others.  He was quick witted and scored favorably with the daytime television audiences.  Even President Gerald Ford called Joe “one of my dearest friends” and even invited Joe to join the Ford family at the White House several times.

But here is a game show he hosted that I never heard of.  Have you?

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