D-backs honor broadcaster Garagiola with ceremony

D-backs honor broadcaster Garagiola with ceremony

PHOENIX -- The D-backs honored the 58-year broadcasting career of Joe Garagiola Sr. in a special pregame ceremony on Sunday before the club took on the Dodgers at Chase Field. Garagiola, who announced his retirement on Feb. 20, spent 15 seasons as a color analyst for the D-backs.

The ceremony, which lasted about five minutes, included a video tribute to the 87-year-old as well as a standing ovation from those in attendance.

Garagiola then went up to the broadcast booth to work two innings on television for FOX Sports Arizona before signing off the air one last time.

Garagiola spent nine years in the Majors as a catcher with the Cardinals, Pirates, Cubs and New York Giants. At age 29, he retired as a player and turned to broadcasting, calling games for the Cardinals, New York Yankees and California Angels. He also enjoyed an eight-year stint as a panelist on NBC's "Today" (1967-73, 1990-92).

Throughout the game, the television broadcast played tributes from fellow broadcasters who have worked with Garagiola during his career, including Bob Costas, Vin Scully and Thom Brennaman.

Tyler Emerick is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.