Date of Birth:
12th of February, 1926 (Died 23 March, 2016)
Source of wealth:
baseball, books, broadcasting
Joe Garagiola Sr. net worth: $6 million
A famous American sportsman, TV host, announcer and professional baseball player, Joe Garagiola Sr. became famous worldwide for playing for such successful teams as Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Pirates and many others. Born in 1926 and passed away this year, this talented sportsman was also quite popular outside of baseball being one of the panelists at «The Today Show». The total net worth of Joe Garagiola Sr. was estimated at around $6 million. So what made this person that widely recognized and prosperous?
Source of wealth: baseball
When he was just 16 Joe was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals and a year later became the youngest player in the history of Columbus Red Birds. In 1943 Garagiola progressed to Columbus of the Class AA American Association and in 1945 played for Kirby Higbe’s Manila Dodgers. When Joe joined Cardinals, he was just 20 years old and in 1946 he made his professional debut in major league. Thus, Joe Garagiola Sr. net worth started gradually but significantly increasing.
The sportsman achieved a lot in his professional baseball career and became a proud owner of many awards and prizes which brought him worldwide recognition and great salary.
Source of wealth: books
Apart from successful career in sport, after retirement Joe Garagiola published a book called Baseball is a Funny Game which was greatly sold and helped him establish himself as a personality. He was also the author of such books as It’s Anybody’s Ballgame published in 1980 and Just Play Ball. All of them added some cash to the total net worth of the famous sportsman.
Source of wealth: broadcasting
Garagiola went into broadcasting after his retirement as a player. As announcer, he was best known for doing national baseball broadcasts. In addition, in the 1960s Joe called a few World Series on NBC Radio also becoming quite successful. Due to all these activities and achievements it is obvious that Joe Garagiola Sr. salary was quite significant, although it is still not estimated in numbers.