The sports nickname of Robert George “Bob” Uecker, a former member of the Brewers Baseball team (#8) who never hit more than a 200 RBI (Runs Batted In) in his professional career.
Tagged with the mocking moniker “Mr. Baseball, ” Bob Uecker plays a loser with delusions of grandeur believing that everyone loves him and his accomplishments. During his baseball days, he declared he made a yearly salary of $23,000: $11,000 being made from selling other players equipment.
Has fame changed him? “I don’t think I’ve changed at all,” he remarked once. “And I still think my kids haven’t either. When it was time to go home, they went home with the other ball players.”
A few classic quotes from Bob Uecker, “Mr. Baseball.”
- “I knew when my career was over. In 1965, my baseball card came out with no picture.”
- “How do you catch a knuckleball? You wait until it stops rolling, then go pick it up.”
- “The biggest thrill a ballplayer can have is when your son takes after you. That happened when my Bobby was in his championship Little League game. He really showed me something. Struck out three times. Made an error that lost the game. Parents were throwing things at our car and swearing at us as we drove off. Gosh, I was proud.”
Bob Uecker was a popular guest on NBC’s THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JOHNNY CARSON; performed in a series of “Miller Lite Beer” commercials; and played a sports columnist, George Owens on the sitcom MR. BELVEDERE/ABC/1985-90.
He also hosted the sports bloopers program WACKY WORLD OF SPORTS/SYN/1986 and has for years been the play-by-play announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers baseball team.
Bob Uecker (and Mickey Herskowitz) wrote the book “Catcher in the Wry: Outrageous but True Stories of Baseball.” The cover of the book included the phrase “The man who made mediocrity famous!”
Bob Uecker made his Major league debut on April 13, 1962. In six seasons (1962-1967) as catcher with the Milwaukee Braves/Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies, Uecker had a .200 lifetime average with 146 hits, 14 home runs and 74 RBIs in 297 games.
Born on January 26, 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Bob Uecker underwent open-heart surgery to replace defective aortic valve on April 30, 2010.