Ballplayer-Turned-Broadcaster Joe Garagiola Dies at 90 8 Years as a professional baseball player were prelude to 57 in Broadcasting By Newser Editors and Wire Services Posted Mar 23, 2016 5:25 PM CDT 12 comments Comments Arizona Diamondbacks broadcaster Joe Garagiola waves to a crowd during his retirement festivities in 2013. The former professional ballplayer died Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File) (Newser) – Former big league catcher and popular broadcaster Joe Garagiola has died at the age of 90, the AP reports. The Arizona Diamondbacks say Garagiola died Wednesday after recent years years spent in ill health. Garagiola thrived in his post-retirement career as a glib baseball broadcaster and fixture on the Today show. He played eight seasons in the majors, but generations of fans knew him for his 57-year career in broadcasting, including a 30-year association with NBC. He won baseball's Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in broadcasting in 1991. Garagiola kept working well into his 80s, serving as a part-time analyst for Diamondbacks telecasts.