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Baseball Player Turner Broadcaster Joe Garagiola Dies at 90

Gagagiola Had Two Co-Hosting Stints on the 'Today Show'

Longtime baseball broadcaster and “Today” show co-host Joe Garagiola died Wednesday following a long illness. He was 90.

Born Feb. 12, 1926 in St. Louis, Garagiola played nine seasons in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs, and the New York Giants. He was a co-host of NBC’s “Today Show” from 1967 to 1973 and 1991 to 1992. He also was a guest host of “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson”; a host and participant in several game shows, including “To Tell the Truth” and “What’s My Line?” And he co-hosted TV coverage of the annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York.

Garagiola is survived by his wife of 66 years, Audrie; sons, Joe Jr., a senior vice-president for baseball operations with Major League Baseball and former general manager of the Diamondbacks; Steve, a newscaster in Detroit; and daughter, Gina Bridgeman, a writer in Phoenix; and several grandchildren.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US ( Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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