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Bob Uecker to have heart surgery

Apr 27, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

Bob Uecker broadcasting.jpgUPDATE:  Turns out that Uecker is going to have his aortic valve replaced and his aortic root
replaced on Friday morning. The surgery was described by his doctor as “relatively common.”

Trevor Hoffman, Prince Fielder, Rickie Weeks, Casey McGehee, Craig Counsell and Ken Macha were all at the presser, inspiring Uecker to say that “I’m part of the team.” Uecker added “I don’t ever want to quit . . . I look forward to
coming to the park every day. That’s the highlight of the day.”

Excuse me, but it just got a bit misty in here.

3:12 P.M.: Adam McCalvy reports that Brewers’ broadcaster Bob Uecker is going to miss 10-12 weeks as a result of heart surgery, which he will undergo on Friday.  There aren’t many details yet, but the Brewers will be holding a press conference at 4:30PM eastern.

Uecker is best known to most of you as Harry Doyle from “Major League,” or the dad from “Mr. Belvedere” or — if you’re a bit older — the character from those old Miller Lite commercials from the 1970s and 80s, which were really “This is SportsCenter” before “This is SportsCenter” existed. He did a great job in those roles — and was absolutely killer on the “Tonight Show” back in the day — so that’s totally cool.

But even if he had never become as famous as he has, Uecker would be known as a really a fantastic broadcaster. He’s held the job since 1971, and if you’ve never had a chance to take in a Brewers’ game he’s doing you’ve really missed out. I was unlucky enough to get stuck in Milwaukee on a miserable three-week trial several summers ago and the only thing that made those three weeks bearable was Uecker calling Brewers games every night.  He’s got an easy delivery and demeanor that matches a midsummer night game absolutely perfectly.

Here’s hoping Uecker gets well and gets back to calling games as soon as possible.

  1. BC - Apr 27, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Hopefully the heart issue was not caused by over-exertion in keeping track of the 7,434,345,754,954,047 runs the Brewers scored on the Pirates recently.

  2. Old Gator - Apr 27, 2010 at 3:27 PM

    He must have had an absolute field day calling those Pirates games last week.
    .
    Take care and get well soon, Bob. You are loved out here.

  3. Ross - Apr 27, 2010 at 3:31 PM

    Get well Mr. Uecker. A truly funny man and a great announcer.

  4. Jimmy Marlins Fan - Apr 27, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    Dear Ueck,
    listening to you talk baseball makes the best game in the world that much more enjoyable. i wish you a speedy recovery and hope to hear you call many a brewers loss to my beloved marlins

  5. Utley's hair - Apr 27, 2010 at 4:01 PM

    Who knew that Gregg Zaun routine would have such far-reaching consequences? But here’s hoping Ueck gets back to the front row soon.

  6. Simon DelMonte - Apr 27, 2010 at 4:11 PM

    “Must be in the front row!”
    Get better soon, Ueck.

  7. SouthofHeaven - Apr 27, 2010 at 4:46 PM

    “Ball four.”
    “Ball eight!”
    “Juuuuuuust a bit outside!”

  8. Rays fan - Apr 27, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    “I don’t ever want to quit . . . I look forward to coming to the park every day. That’s the highlight of the day.”
    & I hope you never do quit. Swift recovery!

  9. YANKEES1996 - Apr 27, 2010 at 5:31 PM

    God Bless you Ueck, hope everything comes out just fine and we will be keeping your seat “down in the front row” open for you. Here’s to a speedy recovery.

  10. corey - Apr 27, 2010 at 6:56 PM

    gest wishes and many years to come and go for you bob theres not anyone better at your game right with harry carry

  11. Rick Hughes - Apr 27, 2010 at 7:45 PM

    Bob,
    You’re the reason that they put “Mute” buttons on our TV remotes. They know we watch the TV and listen to you. Get well soon. My prayers are with you

  12. COOPER - Apr 27, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    Bob:
    Your are the the best.
    Get well soon.
    We all Love You.
    God Bless.
    Mike in LA.

  13. gary gladden - Apr 27, 2010 at 11:56 PM

    God Bless You Bob Uecker, and thank you.
    GDG Riverside

  14. Jim Cuningham - Apr 28, 2010 at 12:00 AM

    Jeez, Uke you gotta get well and keep broadcasting those Brewer games even though I’m from the hill in St. Louis and loved you even then. A little high but you’re the man.

  15. Chris Simonds - Apr 28, 2010 at 7:07 AM

    After watching the Tonight Show clip, I watched the Letterman clip – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D87sXQRCLM8&NR=1 – from ten years later. It is even funnier. The video quality is awful but it doesn’t matter, it’s the voice and the fake-modest, deadpan delivery. Mr. Uecker, you are a gem. Get well soon.

  16. John Burkhardt - Apr 28, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Ueck –
    Get well soon we need ya – your a baseball treasure….you da man
    Burky

  17. Omega in Colorado - Apr 28, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    Mr. Uecker you and your family will be in my thoughts as you make a speedy recovery. There are few (if any) better in the business, baseball needs you around for a long long time.

    now, as far as the doctors saying this is a “relatively common” surgery…well of course they can say that, they arent’t the ones with someone digging around in their chests!

  18. Steve In Alabama - Apr 28, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Hey Mr. Baseball …. good luck on Friday and know we are all pulling for you.

  19. Dale Johnson - Apr 28, 2010 at 1:01 PM

    Ueck,
    You are by far the best announcer that I have ever heard. I have been listening to your radio broadcasts since I was 10 years old. The best part is sitting on the patio, sipping a few cold ones, cooking brats, and listening to Bob Uecker on the radio. Get well soon my friend, the broadcast won’t be the same without you.

  20. Will in Milwaukee - Apr 28, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    Mr. Uecker,
    Good luck on the heart surgery. Hope to have you back calling games soon. Love your voice calling the games.
    Look forward to hearing your token phrase ‘Get up – Get outta here – gone’. Take care, you will be missed!!!

  21. ouchie102 - Apr 28, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Uke,
    From a diehard CUBBIE fan,I question your choice of team to root for.That being said GET WELL SOON. WE NEED MORE GUYS LIKE YOU “SITTIN IN THE FRONT ROW”.
    good luck.

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