Just recently I wrote an article about the great Vin Scully. So I got an idea that I might write articles about some of the great baseball broadcasters. This time I am going to focus on Bob Uecker.
Uecker’s Playing Days
Uecker played baseball himself before becoming a broadcaster. He was a catcher that played for the Milwaukee Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, and Atlanta Braves.
Uecker stats included 731 at-bats, 146 hits, 14 home runs, 65 runs, 74 RBI’s, .200 BA, .293 OBP, .287 SLG, and, .581 OPS.
After retiring from baseball he became an announcer. He was called “Mr. Baseball” by late-night talk show host Johnny Carson. Uecker has been with the Milwaukee Brewers since 1971. He will be coming into his 50th year and has cut down on his travel.
Uecker does mainly home games for the Brewers.
Without further delay, here are the top three calls made by Uecker.
Made for the Movies
This is not during a live game. This clip took place in the movie Major League. Many people who know Bob Uecker know him from this call. The call is when Rick Vaughn played by Charlie Sheen. Vaughn is starting his first game against the New York Yankees. He throws 12 straight pitches, which are all balls and nowhere near the strike zone. Uecker’s call was “just a bit outside. He tried the corner and missed.” This was one of the many great calls from the movie. After the above quote he states “How can these guys be laying off pitches that close?” It is funny how this started on what became a three-movie series in which he was in all three. I would recommend seeing at least the first Major League it would be up to you to see the other two.
This call came from April 3, 2018 when the Milwaukee Brewers hosted the St. Louis Cardinals. At the bottom of the 9th with two outs, the Brewers were down 4-3. With Christian Yelich at the plate with a 2-2 count. He hit a home run to right-center field. Bob Uecker’s call was “Get up, get up, get out of here, and gone for Yelich. He has tied the game with a booming home run.” The next batter was Ryan Braun. Braun takes a pitch to the left-center and the call was “get up get out of here and gone for Ryan Braun. He just hit a walk-off homer here. Wow, you can’t do it any better than that.” It got the Brewers fans going crazy. It is very cool that Uecker is in his mid-80s and he is still making calls like this one.
Morgan is Money
This call was from Game 5 of the 2011 NLDS. This game was between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Arizona Diamondbacks. In the ninth inning with Nyjer Morgan at the plate. Morgan delivered a base hit up the middle and scoring from second was Carlos Gomez. As Gomez crossed the plate it sealed a trip for the Brewers to the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals. Bob Uecker delivered an outstanding call as the Brewers won. The crowd at Miller Park went absolute bananas. Morgan was mobbed by his teammates next to the pitcher’s mound. Gomez found his way over to Morgan and they embraced. These are the calls that will be remembered.
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