Former MLB player, broadcaster and TV personality Joe Garagiola has passed away at the age of 90.
Garagiola, a native of St. Louis, would sign with the St. Louis Cardinals as a catcher at the age of 16. He would make his big league debut with the Cardinals in 1946 earning a World Series ring. However, Garagiola never lived up to expectations. The Cardinals would trade him to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the middle of the 1951 season and two years later the Bucs shipped him along with future Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner to the Chicago Cubs. Garagiola ended his playing career in 1954 with the New York Giants. He finished with a lifetime batting average of .257, 42 home runs and 255 RBI in 676 games played over 9 seasons. Garagiola would say of his playing career, "Not only was I not the best catcher in baseball, I wasn't even the best catcher on my street." Garagiola was neighbors with none other than Yogi Berra. Garagiola's passing comes just over six months after Berra's death.