Baseball player, sportscaster, comedian, actor. Born Robert George Uecker on January 26, 1935 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. An aspiring athlete, Bob Uecker was a huge fan of minor league baseball as a kid. In 1956, he signed with the Milwaukee Braves where he played catcher. Uecker, who later poked fun at his undistinguished playing career, did stints with the St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies before returning to the Braves in Atlanta. He retired from the league in 1967.
In 1970, Uecker reinvented himself as a sportscaster covering his hometown Milwaukee Brewers. A talented on-air personality, he also appeared in televised games, providing running commentary in the 1970s for ABC’s Monday Night Baseball and in the 1990s for NBC. He also hosted two syndicated shows, Bob Uecker’s Wacky World of Sports and Bob Uecker’s War of the Stars. His humor and charisma endeared him to sports fans of all ages, and he became much more famous as a commentator than he ever was as a player.
Bob Uecker also launched an acting career and had a successful run as George Owens on the sitcom Mr. Belvedere in the 1980s. He is also known for his part as one of the Miller Lite All-Stars in the company’s popular beer commercials. He has published two books, an autobiography entitled Catcher in the Wry and Catch 222