Happy 83rd birthday Bob Uecker,
For more than half his life, Bob Uecker has come on your radio through the airwaves of WTMJ to bring you the excitement, fun of Milwaukee Brewers baseball, along with a bunch of laughs along the way.
Tuesday, the Milwaukee native, former Milwaukee Braves catcher and 43-year WTMJ Brewers radio voice turns 82 years old!
No one has ever turned a .200 batting average into a beloved sports and entertainment career like our own Mr. Baseball.
Scroll through our photo gallery above, where we share pics of him through the years and reveal evidence that he even shows off some Michael Jordan-like qualities in photos.
The ultimate Brewer happens to be Bob Uecker which is kind of odd since he never played a game for the team. Sure, today’s birthday boy drove in eight runs and hit two doubles in 1962 (and wow, those are all some very even numbers), but he did so for the Milwaukee Braves, who no longer exist. Bob had been retired and forced into pursuing a different career path a few years before the Brewers became a franchise in Milwaukee in 1970. Doesn’t matter. With no stats whatsoever to back up this claim: Bob is the essence of the Brewers.
The Brew Crew aren’t really defined by stats. Shout-outs to Robin Yount and his 3,142 career hits and Paul Molitor and his 39-game hitting streak, but the Brewers are all about the essence, not the numbers. And Bob transcended some notably shitty stats to embody that essence.
Bob is there in the cautious optimism of Wisconsinites grilling out and discussing the team’s chances, bundled up and sipping beer in the chilled air of late March. He’s there when fans laugh at heart-wrenching defeats, and when the Brewers outperform division rivals that can easily outspend them. Through a cycle that may seem to end in an emotional gut punch, the essence is there with the message that matters most:
“I look forward to next spring.”
Happy 87th birthday to the essence of the Milwaukee Brewers, Mr. Bob Uecker.