Best of Phoenix 2013: Best Sports Moments

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In honor of this year's edition of Best of Phoenix, we bring you the best sports moments of the year.

5.) Joe Garagiola retires

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1952 Topps No. 227, Joe Garagiola
Best Sports Legend: Joe Garagiola

We'd been hearing Joe Garagiola's gravelly voice our whole waking lives. It was always a comfort to hear him broadcasting baseball games for NBC and, since moving to the Valley, off-and-on with the Arizona Diamondbacks, with whom his son, Joe Jr., used to be an exec. Joe Sr. always was a wise and wisecracking presence. When he retired from broadcasting recently -- to much fanfare by the Diamondbacks -- we got a lump in our throats to think a presence from our sports-crazed youth no longer would be a mainstay.

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