Makers Announcer Bob Uecker Honored For 50 Years Behind Mic

Uecker, a Milwaukee native affectionately recognized as “Mr. Baseball,” was recognized Saturday with Bob Uecker Day in the city of Milwaukee and state of Wisconsin.

Uecker also “threw” out the initial pitch, at the last minute drawing the cover off a pitching machine before the mound.

Joining Uecker on the dais at the event before Saturday’s game against the New york city Mets were previous Makers owner and MLB commissioner Bud Selig, that gave Uecker his initial broadcasting task with the team; current owner Mark Attanasio; and previous Makers players Robin Yount and Paul Molitor, each in the Hall of Fame.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers also talked at the occasion. Offered Uecker with a proclamation.

Uecker, currently 87, signed up with the Makers broadcast team in 1971 after a six-year career as a catcher with the home town Milwaukee Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves that consisted of a World Collection championship with the Cardinals in 1964 and a. 200 career batting average.

His post-playing career also included various appearances on “The Tonight Program” with the late Johnny Carson, that called Uecker “Mr. Baseball”; acting in the TV comedy “Mr. Platform”; the famous amusing Miller Lite beer commercials of the ’80s, consisting of Uecker’s now-famous line, “I have to remain in the front row”; and as hilarious announcer Harry Doyle in the motion picture “Major League.”

Uecker said he never had a formal contract with the team under Selig, which continued with Attanasio.

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Selig was talking about exactly how he had initial employed Uecker and said, “below we are 50 years later,” when Uecker disrupted with, “And I’m still waiting to obtain paid.”

The pregame presentation also consisted of a video of congratulatory messages from previous Makers players consisting of Don Cash, Cecil Cooper, Ben Sheets, and Greg Vaughn; famous broadcasters Bob Costas and Vin Scully; and announcers Pat Hughes, Chicago Cubs; Jim Powell, Atlanta Braves; and Joe Block, Pittsburgh Pirates – each previous partners in Milwaukee with Uecker.

In addition to family and pals, former Makers manager Ron Roenicke and ex-general manager Doug Melvin were on hand.

Yount, that invested his entire 20-year career with the Makers, and Molitor, that played the initial 15 of his 21 years in the majors with Milwaukee, each talked lovingly of the many years when Uecker still tossed batting practice.

“He tossed batting practice for the lengthiest time and, not amusingly, was probably the ideal batting practice bottle we had for many, many years,” said Yount, the opening day starter at shortstop in 1974 as an 18-year-old novice.

Molitor also talked about Uecker’s relationship with the players, from their days in the club to the current team.

“It’s a little bit embarrassing, truthfully, to say that I have actually recognized him because I was a teenager, because when I satisfied him, I was 18. He was a little even more than that, however he hadn’t reached teenaged mentality yet,” Yount joked, although the affection was apparent.

Makers manager Craig Counsell, that expanded up in the Milwaukee area paying attention to Uecker’s broadcasts, said he treasures his relationship with the announcer, that he calls a close pal.

“When you spend a lot of time with Uke, you really want that you created whatever down,” Counsell said.

When it was his count on speak, Uecker had the audience laughing with tales as just he can inform them. He said he likes what he does and has no plans to retire, although he’ll understand when it’s time and he would certainly not embarrass himself or the organization.

“My last bobblehead, this is what I want,” Uecker said. “It’s mosting likely to be a box, the top will certainly open up, I will certainly obtain up, and do my obtain up, obtain up, obtain out of here, and back down, shut the cover and that’s it.