Milwaukee’s beloved Bob Uecker is the subject of an MLB Network documentary tonight at 6 p.m. Central entitled “Mr. Baseball, Bob Uecker.”
Uecker, a former major-league catcher and the longtime voice of the Milwaukee Brewers, was honored with the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award for his “major contributions to baseball” in 2003.
In 2005, Uecker was honored by the Brewers for his 50th year in professional baseball when his name and No. 50 were placed into the Ring of Honor near the retired numbers of Robin Yount and Paul Molitor.
Milwaukee born and raised, Uecker, now 80, signed a professional contract with the Milwaukee Braves in 1956 and made his major-league debut six years later with the Braves.
But it’s what he’s done since his career ended in 1967 that has made Uecker famous, both in Milwaukee and nationally.
He’s been broadcasting Brewer games since 1971 and also served as a color commentator for national television broadcasts on ABC in 1970s and for NBC in the 1990s.
Uecker’s sense of humor earned him around 100 guest appearances on “The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson” and he was also one of the Miller Lite All-Stars when the brewery introduced its Lite brand in the 1970s.
Uecker has also done a bit of acting, most notably in a starring role in the 1980s sitcom “Mr. Belvedere.” He also famously portrayed long-suffering Cleveland Indians broadcaster Harry Doyle in the “Major League” films.
Here is a clip from tonight’s documentary, where Uecker talks about his short stint as a scout for the Brewers (spoiler alert … it didn’t go well):
Tom Berenger, one of the stars of the first two “Major League” films, narrates the documentary, with guests including former teammates Hank Aaron and Tim McCarver, former broadcast partners Al Michaels and Bob Costas—who was in Milwaukee the weekend before the All-Star break doing some announcing with Uecker—and commissioner Bud Selig.
So either catch it live or set your DVRs, because on another night without baseball, Bob Uecker is sure to be an entertaining topic.