Bob Uecker

Position: Catcher
Bats: Right  •  Throws: Right
6-1, 190lb (185cm, 86kg)
Born: January 26, 1934 in Milwaukee, WI
High School: Technical HS (Milwaukee, WI)
Debut: April 13, 1962 (Age 28-077d, 9,559th in MLB history)
vs. LAD 1 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Last Game: September 29, 1967 (Age 33-246d)
vs. STL 2 AB, 0 H, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 0 SB
Full Name: Robert George Uecker
Nicknames: Mr. Baseball
Pronunciation: \YOO-kur\
View Player Bio from the SABR BioProject

 

 

Bob Uecker (1/26/34). Nicknamed “Mr. Baseball” (by Johnny Carson – Uecker was a frequent guest on the “Tonight Show” with Carson in the 1970s & 1980s). Bob was also a catcher (with limited skills) for six seasons in the 1960s (1962-1967). His career batting average was only .200 (maybe it should have been called “The Uecker Line” instead of “The Mendoza Line”), but Bob strangely had a lifetime .429 BA (in over 50 AB) against the most dominant pitcher of his era, Sandy Koufax. Bob was a member of the 1964 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals. Uecker’s wit and self-deprecating humor made him a very popular talk-show guest and ad pitchman (especially his “Miller Lite” commercials (“I must be in the front row”). His acting extended to the tv series, “Mr. Belvedere” in the 1980s and he appeared in one of the most popular baseball movies ever made, “Major League” (and its sequels) in 1989. He coined a catchphrase from that movie that has been repeated often (to this day): “Juuuust a bit outside.” He has been a regular broadcaster for the Milwaukee Brewers since the early 1980s and was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a broadcaster, winning the “Ford C. Frick Award” in 2003.

 

Notable Events and Chronology for Bob Uecker Career

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