Tomorrow is Major League baseball’s opening day, the first day of the 2023 season.
On the first day of a 162 game schedule, every team is in first place. Any team can win the world series. And a batter can hit /400, and a picture can have a no-hitter.
The world is full of possibilities .
On the Opening Day roster for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946 was a rookie catcher named Joe Garageola.
That year Joe played in his first, and only, World Series. He was a major leaguer for nine seasons, playing for the Cardinals, the Pirates, the Cubs, and the Giants.
But after his retirement from the game, Joe Garagiola found another career in which he had much greater success.
He did sports broadcasting, but also game shows, and even substitute hosting on the Tonight Show.
I met him in 1988, when he was promoting his book It’s Anybody’s Ballgame, about his post baseball career.
No, to add some context to the interview you’re about to hear. We talked just a couple of weeks into the 1988 season, but already by that time the hapless Baltimore Orioles had a 13 game losing streak, a major league record. Sadly he Os Went on to lose their first 21 games in a row, which still stands as the major league record.
So here now, from 1988, Joe Garagiola.
Joe Garagiola.died in 2016. He was 90.
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