When MLB Network carries the game at Miller Park between the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers, beloved Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker will make a cameo on the broadcast.
According to a report in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Uecker will call three innings of the telecast along with MLB Network play-by-play man Bob Costas for the July 11 game.
The downside? The telecast will be available nationally, but will be blacked out in the St. Louis and Milwaukee markets.
Costas and Uecker are no strangers to working a broadcast booth together. In the 1990s, they were paired for NBC’s national broadcasts and Costas has occasionally dropped by to visit with Uecker during radio broadcasts of Brewer baseball.
That won’t be Uecker’s only appearance on MLB Network in July. On July 17, the network will debut an hour-long documentary on Uecker.
Uecker is a Milwaukee-area legend, a man who turned a forgettable career as a backup catcher into a lifelong association with the game as well as some Hollywood fame.
Uecker, 79, is a Milwaukee native who signed with the Braves when they were still located in the city in 1956.
He made his big-league debut in 1962 and spent parts of six seasons with the Braves in Milwaukee and Atlanta as well as the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies.
A lifetime .200 hitter, Uecker turned into a Hall of Fame broadcaster and a home-run hitter as a comic presence.
He was dubbed “Mr. Baseball” by the late Johnny Carson and has been the play-by-play voice of the Brewers since 1971. He became one of the “Miller Lite All-Stars” in a series of commercials promoting the beer in the 1970s and 1980s and parlayed that fame into a television career, with a leading role on the 1980s sitcom Mr. Belvidere and most famously portrayed broadcaster Harry Doyle in the Major League trilogy of films (even if it can be argued the second and, particularly, the third films never should have happened.