Bob Uecker once said the best way to catch a knuckleball was to "...wait until it stops rolling and pick it up." Now Uecker, the 75 year old play by play voice of the Milwaukee Brewers will have to stop to take care of his health, and having surgery to repair his ailing heart.
Uecker, whom the late Johnny Carson dubbed "Mr. Baseball" for his many hilarious visits to the Tonight Show, will miss around 10-12 weeks of calling Brewers games while recovering from having his aortic valve and root replaced.
Uecker spent six years as a big league catcher, for the Milwaukee Braves, the St.Louis Cardinals, where he won a World Series Ring as a member of the 1964 Cards, the Philadelphia Phillies, and then the Atlanta Braves, who had moved from Milwaukee in 1966. Not much of a hitter, Uecker was, however, a very good defensive catcher, finishing his career with a fielding percentage of .981.
Most baseball fans will always remember Uecker as Harry Doyle, the play by play voice of the Indians in the Major League movies, giving baseball fans lines such as "just a bit outside", and "ball four, ball eight, ball twelve...", to remember forever.
Uecker has been the radio voice of the Milwaukee Brewers since 1971, and received the Ford C. Frick Award from the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003.