Joe Garagiola

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (2)

  • Jack Carter: Oh it's good to be here for this wonderful night of Baseball. I know it's for Baseball because when we got here Dean was already bagged. I saw him in the lobby last night trying to play records on a cigarette machine and he and Foster Brooks were dancing to it. There's my man Luis Tiant, that's a man, hello Luis, he's signing autographs at Finley, he didn't know he just signed for three years with no money. He's got such a cute head, how can they make fun, look at that nice little round head. What size hat do you wear? C-cup. I don't know why you chose to become a catcher, Joe you're such a cute man, I mean Yogi Berra I can understand, he had to wear a mask. You know why I like to watch you catch, when you get behind the plate and squat, you look like my mother when she walks. Oh are you kidding my mother's 78 she swings better than you ever did. My mother even had a chest protector, my father.

  • Dean Martin: Joe Garagiola is a big leaguer in every sense of the word. Joe is an inspiration to young atheletes all over America. I've never seen this man with a drink, a cigarette or a comb. Do you realize that seated up here are probably the greatest collection of hitters in Baseball history? Boy in their careers they sure swung alot of bats and I've seen some of the old bats they swing with. Joe's first year in the leagues was in 1946 with the St. Louis Cardinals, as a rookie he couldn't find it to easy. Joe didn't have a Willie Mays arm or a Maury Wills legs, all he had was Telly Savalas' head. Joe was never much at running the bases, one season he was thrown out at home 61 times, once at the ballpark and sixty times by his wife. I just want to say being your host for this evening is like being Zsa Zsa Gabor's next husband. I know what to do but how can I make it last for an hour.

Notes (1)

  • Charlie O. (Oscar) Finley was a one-timer owner of the Kansas City Athletics.

Trivia (7)

  • Maury Wills was a shortstop for the Los Angeles Dodgers his entire career from 1959 until 1972.

  • Mickey Mantle was an outfielder and first baseman for the New York Yankees his entire career from 1951 to 1968.

  • Stan Musial was an outfielder and a first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals for his entire career from 1941 to 1963.

  • Luis Tiant was a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians from 1964-1969, Minnesota Twins in 1970, Boston Red Sox in 1971-1978, New York Yankees in 1979-1980, Pittsburgh Pirates in 1981 and finally the California Angels in 1982.

  • Yogi Berra was a catcher for the New York Yankees from 1946 until 1963 and the New York Mets in 1965.

  • Hank Aaron was an outfielder for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves from 1954-1974 and the Milwaukee Brewers from 1975-1976.

  • Willie Mays was a center fielder for the New York Giants from 1952-1972. And for one year with the New York Mets 1972-1973.