Bob Uecker is the ultimate sports fan

Bob Uecker on the Tonight Show with Johnny CarsonWho would think there would ever be a bronze statue outside a major league baseball park to honor a backup catcher who batted .200 during a pretty unremarkable Major League career?

On August 31, 2012, Bob Uecker was honored with a bronze statue erected outside Miller Park in Milwaukee. Uecker's statue is standing along side those of Hank Aaron, Robin Yount and Bud Selig.

Bob Uecker might be one of the most unremarkable Major League baseball players to go on to become the ultimate sports fan.


Uecker becomes "Mr. Baseball" on Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Bob Uecker spent much of his time in his post Major League Baseball career poking fun at just how poor a baseball player he was, and much of that started with his regular appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

Uecker would become a frequent guest on the tonight show delivering dead pan comedy always poking fun at his baseball career and Carson would play along giving him the title of Mr. Baseball.

The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson was not only the main late night talk show of its era, it was one of the biggest shows on television. Unlike many actors who used the show to promote books or movies, Bob Uecker used it to be funny and make fun of his baseball career.

In the 1970s Bob Uecker would make numerous appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. In a University of Nebraska Lecture on YouTube Bob Uecker says his first appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson was in 1969. The video states that Uecker appeared on the  Tonight Show around 100 times.

Bob Uecker the actor

Uecker pushed his self deprecating sense of humor in many Miller Lite beer commercials over the years. His deadpan delivery would lead him to the role of broadcaster Harry Doyle in the Major League film trilogy.

Uecker would also play the part of sports writer George Owens for six season on the television comedy Mr. Belvedere.

Milwaukee Brewers radio broadcaster

Uecker has been a Major League Baseball broadcaster for his hometown Milwaukee Brewers for over 40 years. Uecker was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2001.

In 2003, he received the Ford C. Frick Award, bestowed annually by the Baseball Hall of Fame to a broadcaster for major contributions to baseball.

Bob Uecker is the ultimate sports fan

Bob Uecker grew up watching the minor league Milwaukee Brewers. He signed a professional contract with his hometown Milwaukee Braves in 1956 and made his major league debut as a catcher with the club in 1962.  He has been an announcer for Milwaukee Brewers radio broadcasts for 40 years.

Bob Uecker's career in sports has lasted long beyond a few years as a mediocre player. His career has always been about being an entertainer.

Bob Uecker gets it!  He understands!  Sports is just a game, and it is all about having fun!

 

Photo: Bob Uecker on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson
Captured from a
University of Nebraska Lecture on YouTube