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Sports Legend Passes Away

We’ve lost another legend today. Hall of Fame Broadcaster Joe Garagiola.

A former catcher, Garagiola played in nine MLB seasons and was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 1946 World Series championship team. He was a lifelong friend of fellow catcher Yogi Berra.

Garagiola was a broadcaster for the D-backs from 1998-2012. His son, Joe Garagiola, Jr., is the former general manager of the D-backs and the current MLB senior vice president of standards and on-field operations.

In 2009, the broadcast wing and TV booth at Chase Field was named in Garagiola’s honor.

“Joe was so special to everyone at the D-backs and had an aura about him that you could feel the moment you met him,” D-backs president and CEO Derrick Hall said in a statement.

“Those of us who were lucky enough to know him personally were profoundly aware that the lovable personality that fans saw on TV was only surpassed by who he was in person and the way he treated everyone around him.”

Prayers and thoughts go out to his family.

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