Some may know him as the guy from the Miller Lite commercials. Others could from his days filling the role of George Owens on the sitcom Mr. Belvedere (which ran from 1985-1990). Some, in his portrayal as the announcer Harry Doyle from the Major League films (“Just a bit outside!”). Or even doing a few commercials for Krylon.
To those that are fans of the Milwaukee Brewers, Bob Uecker is a legend. Actually, you could state that Bob Uecker is a baseball institution.
Uecker has made the decision to curtail his broadcasting schedule for the upcoming Brewers season. He will do all home games as well as some select road games. The decision to do so was made after owner Mark Attanasio and others (Uecker mentions Vin Scully and Marty Brennaman) have encouraged him to cut back a bit on his workload while the Brewers were on the road. Uecker had decided not to do so until now.
He recently turned 80. Or was it 79?
Here’s the audio from the Uecker interview which aired today on WTMJ. After listening to this, scroll down for another Uecker moment.
In 2003, Uecker was honored with the Ford C. Frick Award which is presented annually by the Baseball Hall of Fame to a broadcaster for his contributions to the game. Here’s his speech. This is as good as it gets.