Question: What short lived TV series starred John Ritter as a cop who inherited a decrepit apartment building?
Last Question: Who sat beside Vin Scully in the broadcast booth for the last time during the 1988 World Series?
Answer: Joe Garagiola
Vin Scully is best known for being the play-by-play voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1950, and is still going. His 62 seasons with the Dodgers is the longest of any broadcaster with a single club in professional sports history. Outside of Southern California, Vin Scully is probably best remembered as NBC television’s lead baseball broadcaster from 1983 to 1989. Besides calling the Saturday Game of the Week for NBC, Scully called three World Series (1984, 1986, and 1988), four National League Championship Series (1983, 1985, 1987, and 1989), and four All-Star Games (1983, 1985, 1987, and 1989). After the 1989 season, NBC lost the television rights to cover Major League Baseball to CBS. For the first time since 1946, NBC would not televise baseball. After leaving NBC, Scully returned to CBS Radio baseball in 1990, calling the network’s World Series broadcasts through 1997. On August 26, 2011 during the Dodgers game against the Colorado Rockies, Scully announced that he would return in 2012 for his 63rd season with the team.
Joe Garagiola began his baseball career as a player. In 1946, his rookie year, he played in his first and only World Series as a catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals. Garagiola batted a 6-for-19 in five games against the Boston Red Sox, including a Game 4 where he went 4-for-5 with 3 RBIs. But, that was the peak of his playing career. He played for several other teams in a 9 year career – Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and New York Giants.
Garagiola then turned to broadcasting, first calling Cardinals radio broadcasts on KMOX from 1955 to 1962. Then he moved to NBC, and began doing national baseball broadcasts for the network in 1961. Garagiola alternated play-by-play duties with Curt Gowdy on NBC until 1976, when he assumed the role full-time. He teamed with color commentator Tony Kubek from 1976 to 1982; in 1983, he shifted to color commentary as Vin Scully joined the network as lead play-by-play announcer. After calling the 1988 World Series with Scully, Garagiola resigned from NBC Sports. NBC was on the verge of losing the television rights to cover Major League Baseball to CBS. Garagiola claimed that NBC left him “twisting” while he was trying to renegotiate his deal. Garagiola was replaced on the NBC telecasts by Tom Seaver.
After leaving NBC Sports, Garagiola had a brief stint as a television commentator for the California Angels. In recent years, he has performed some color commentary duties for the Arizona Diamondbacks, where his son, Joe Garagiola, Jr., served as general manager.
The 1988 World Series, which was the last broadcast that the two legendary announcers announced together, is best known for this:
And here is the opening of an NBC Game of the Week in 1984:
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