One of the most well-known voices of the game will be honored with a statue Friday at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Bob Uecker has been announcing Milwaukee Brewers games since 1971 and he does so today with as much passion as the day he started.
The Uecker statue, designed by Brian Maughan, measures over seven feet in height (not including the base) and is cast in bronze. Uecker’s statue will be the fourth outside of Miller Park. He will join Hank Aaron, Robin Yount and Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig.
Mr. Baseball, as he is known to many, has had a storied career of playing baseball, announcing games and acting. Here is the Uecker timeline:
- April 13, 1962: MLB debut with the Milwaukee Braves
- 1964: World Series Championship with the St. Louis Cardinals
- September 29, 1967: Final MLB game with the Atlanta Braves
- 1969: Got into the national scene as an entertainer
- 1971: Became a radio announcer with the Milwaukee Brewers
- 1985: Starred in ABC’s sitcom “Mr. Belvedere”
- 1989: Starred in the well-known baseball movie “Major League”
- 2001: Elected into the Radio Hall of Fame
- 2003: Honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the Ford C. Frick award
- 2012: Elected into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame
Perhaps best known for his unique home run call – “Get up, get outta here and GONE”, Uecker is an icon in the city of Milwaukee. He is loved by Brewers fans and is as much a part of the organization as anyone. Uecker also puts forth charitable efforts to benefit organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The ceremony will take place at 1:30 p.m. and can be seen on FOX Sports Wisconsin. A few standing room tickets are available to the public.
The Good in Sports congratulates Bob Uecker for this momentous honor. A truly deserving individual, who epitomizes the word “class”.
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