Baseball world loses legendary voice Joe Garagiola

joe-garagiolaFor nine years, Joe Garagiola was a big-league catcher, but for decades after that he was a voice of baseball and a personality on network television.

He worked NBC‘s Game of the Week and World Series coverage and was a host of Today and a fill-in host on The Tonight Show, too. He died on Wednesday at age 90.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of this amazing man who was not just beloved by those of us in his family, but to generations of baseball fans who he impacted during his eight decades in the game,” said a statement from his family. “Joe loved the game and passed that love onto family, his friends, his teammates, his listeners and everyone he came across as a player and broadcaster. His impact on the game, both on and off the field, will forever be felt.”

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Looking back at Ron Blomberg as MLB ponders DH in National League

1973-topps-ron-blombergYou probably don’t know the name Ron Blomberg, but he was the first-overall pick in the 1967 MLB Draft and a big-leaguer for parts of eight seasons with the Yankees and White Sox.

But if you do know his name it’s probably because of one thing — he was the first designated hitter in MLB history.

Could there be more hitting history made soon? Perhaps with the MLB owners’ meetings this week in Florida where the owners are considering adopting the DH in the National League as soon as next season. Such a change wouldn’t be possible without the approval of the MLBPA but it still could happen.

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