Uecker Hopes to be Back "Before Too Long"
MILWAUKEE - Bob Uecker, the man known as 'Mr. Baseball' and the longtime radio voice of the Milwaukee Brewers, has made his first public comments since his heart surgery last month.
Uecker addressed the media in a news conference at Miller Park and said he hopes to be back in the booth "before too long."
Doctors at Froedtert Hospital operated on his heart to repair the damage from an aortic aneurysm in April, and it was announced that he would miss 10-12 weeks of Brewers broadcasts on Newsradio 620 WTMJ to recover from the operation.
Uecker, who said he had not suffered chest pains, explained during a previous news conference that he could return to Brewers broadcasts at a different time than the expected 10-12 weeks.
Uecker, the longtime voice of the Brewers on Newsradio 620 WTMJ, has been behind the microphone calling Major League Baseball games for more consecutive years than almost any active broadcaster.
After a playing career that saw him behind the plate catching for his hometown Milwaukee Braves, the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies, Uecker worked in the television broadcast booth on Atlanta Braves broadcasts.
In 1971, he joined Merle Harmon as the radio voice of the Brewers, and is in his 40th year behind the microphone.
Uecker's baseball broadcasting career has also given him assignments covering the MLB Playoffs and World Series for both ABC and NBC.
In 2003, he received the Ford Frick Award from the National Baseball Hall of Fame for baseball broadcasting excellence.
Uecker is also well known for his many appearances on the Tonight Show, his humor-filled Miller Lite commercials, his time on the TV show "Mr. Belvedere" and his role as Harry Doyle in the "Major League" movie series.