27 Facts About Bob Uecker


Robert George Uecker is an American former Major League Baseball player and current sportscaster, comedian, and actor.

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Facetiously dubbed "Mr Baseball" by TV talk show host Johnny Carson, Bob Uecker has served as a play-by-play announcer for Milwaukee Brewers radio broadcasts since 1971.

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Bob Uecker was honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame with its 2003 Ford C Frick Award in recognition of his broadcasting career.

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Bob Uecker grew up watching the minor-league Milwaukee Brewers at Borchert Field.

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Bob Uecker signed a professional contract with his hometown Milwaukee Braves in 1956.

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Bob Uecker made his Major League Baseball debut as a catcher with the club in 1962.

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Bob Uecker often joked that the best way to catch a knuckleball was to wait until it stopped rolling and pick it up.

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Bob Uecker played for the St Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies before returning to the Braves, who had by then moved to Atlanta.

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Bob Uecker called the 1982 World Series locally for the Brewers on WISN in Milwaukee.

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Bob Uecker finally signed a contract in 2021, in order to be covered under the Brewers' health insurance plan after cuts to his SAG-AFTRA benefits for acting work.

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Bob Uecker appeared in a series of commercials for the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League in the mid-1990s, including one in which he re-designed the team's uniforms to feature a garish plaid reminiscent of the loud sports coats synonymous with Bob Uecker in the 1970s and 1980s.

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In March 1987, Bob Uecker appeared at World Wrestling Federation's WrestleMania III in Pontiac, Michigan, as the ring announcer for the pay-per-view's main event of Hulk Hogan versus Andre the Giant.

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Bob Uecker returned in 1988 at WrestleMania IV as a ringside announcer, commentator during the opening Battle Royal and backstage interviewer.

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Bob Uecker made some 100 guest appearances on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show.

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Bob Uecker appeared in a number of humorous commercials, most notably for Miller Lite beer, as one of the "Miller Lite All-Stars".

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Bob Uecker authored two books, an autobiography titled Catcher in the Wry, and Catch 222.

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Bob Uecker was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2001.

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Four years later, on May 12,2009, Bob Uecker's name was added to the Braves Wall of Honor inside American Family Field.

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Bob Uecker was inducted into the Celebrity Wing of the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010, honored for his appearances at WrestleMania III and WrestleMania IV.

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Bob Uecker was inducted into the Baseball Reliquary's Shrine of the Eternals in 2017.

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Bob Uecker threw out the first pitch in the game against the New York Mets.

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Bob Uecker has had a number of acting roles in ads, TV shows and movies.

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Bob Uecker appeared in a series of Miller Lite commercials starting in the 1980s.

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In one commercial from that decade, Bob Uecker was seen preparing to watch a baseball game when an usher informs him he is in the wrong seat.

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Bob Uecker was the voice of the "head of Bob Uecker" in the Futurama episode "A Leela of Her Own".

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Bob Uecker received the role not because of his broadcasting history with the Brewers but because of his popular Miller Lite commercials.

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In 2021, Uecker made a guest appearance in the Disney+ series Monsters at Work where he voiced a parody of himself named "Bob Yucker".

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