Joe Garagiola's immigrant parents never appreciated what he did for a living, says the baseball player-turned-sportscaster.
"My mother only went to one game in her life. It was at night, and she looked up at all the lights, and she asked my brother, `Who's going to pay the electricity?' "Garagiola said in an interview to be published in Sunday's Parade magazine. Garagiola recalled the 1946 World Series, in which he played as a rookie catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals: "It was a dream every kid has, to be in the series. It was the first time I'd ever seen Ted Williams (of the Boston Red Sox) live. I didn't know whether to call for the pitch or ask for his autograph."
But the 1964 World Series, when he was a broadcaster, was the most poignant, he said. "Yogi (Berra) is down there on the field managing, and I'm broadcasting, and we're the two kids who used to sit under the lamppost in front of (our friend) Pucci's house, talking about being in the series," he said.
"There's one vacuum, though - that our parents - Yogi's and mine - never really understood what we achieved."