He was one of the first mediocre pro athlete to make celebrity status, playing up his ineptness on the field, while color commentating Baseball games or sitting on the panel in a Game Show. But I'll always remember him as the substitute for Johnny Carson the night John Lennon and Paul McCartney appeared on the Tonight Show*.
A big "passed ball" Birthday shout to ..... JOE GARAGIOLA!
This former Pirate catcher is 79 today.
*- and yes, he actually was a guest host on the Tonight Show during the 1970's --- weird.