Joe Garagiola Essentials

Positions:
Bats: L Throws: R
Height: 72 Weight: 190
Born: Friday, February 12, 1926 in St. Louis, MO USA
Died: 3 23 2016 in Scottsdale, AZ USA
Debut: 5/26/1946
Last Game: 9/26/1954
Full Name: Joseph Henry Garagiola

Joe Garagiola, catcher for the 1951-53 Pirates. He had played for the Cardinals since 1946 when the Pirates acquired him on June 15, 1951 in a seven-player deal that saw star outfielder Wally Westlake and pitcher Cliff Chambers (who had just thrown a no-hitter) both go to the Cardinals. Garagiola hit .255 with nine homers and 35 RBIs in the last 72 games of the 1951 season. In 1952 he hit .273 with 54 RBIs in 118 games for the last place Pirates. He began the 1953 season with the Pirates, but he would be included in the Ralph Kiner trade to the Chicago Cubs in early June. That was a ten-player deal that also saw the Cubs send $150k to the Pirates. Garagiola finished his nine-season Major League career in 1954 with the Giants. He was a .257 career hitter in 676 games. He remained active in baseball, mainly broadcasting, until his passing in 2016.