Above: Bob Uecker acknowledges the crowd at Miller Park shortly before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the start of Game 1 of the NL Division Series between the Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks on October 1st, 2011. Photo licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution - Steve Paluch.
Bob Uecker - Former Major League Baseball player and current sportscaster, comedian, and actor; born Robert George Uecker on January 26, 1934 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Uecker grew up watching the minor-league Milwaukee Brewers at Borchert Field. He signed a professional contract with his hometown Milwaukee Braves in 1956 and made his Major League Baseball debut as a catcher with the club in 1962.
After retiring as a player, Uecker returned to Milwaukee. In 1971, he began calling play-by-play for the Milwaukee Brewers' radio broadcasts, a position he holds to this day. Dubbed "Mr. Baseball" by TV talk show host Johnny Carson, Uecker was honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame with its 2003 Ford C. Frick Award in recognition of his broadcasting career.
His acting roles include playing the character of the father and sportswriter, George Owens, on the 1985-1990 TV sitcom Mr. Belvedere, appeared in a series of Miller Lite commercials starting in the 1980s and played Harry Doyle, the broadcaster for the Cleveland Indians, in the Major League film trilogy. In the Major League films he coined a popular sports phrase "Juuust a bit outside", to downplay an extremely wild pitch from Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn.
Uecker made cameo appearances as himself in the films and TV sitcoms including the voice of the "head of Bob Uecker" in the Futurama episode "A Leela of Her Own."
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Bob "Mr. Baseball" Uecker
Former Major League Baseball player and current sportscaster, comedian, and actor.
Above: Bob Uecker calling the Milwaukee Brewers' win against the Arizona Diamondbacks in game 5 of the national league division series in 2011.
Above: Bob Uecker appearing in Miller Lite's "Front Row" commercial.
Above: Bob Uecker appearing in Major League as Harry Doyle, the broadcaster for the Cleveland Indians. "Juuust a bit outside".
Above: Bob Uecker in a 1985 apperance on Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. In this segment, Carson dubs Uecker as "Mr. Baseball".
Above: Mr. Belvedere Promo (1986).