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Bob Uecker is getting a statue at Miller Park

Mar 21, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

The Brewers announced today that Bob Uecker is getting a statue outside of Miller Park this summer.  This led to the same Twitter joke being told over and over again, but Tyler Kepner said it best:


I laughed. Don’t pretend you didn’t.

As for the merits: it’s so easy to remember Uecker as Harry Doyle from “Major League” and, if you’re a tad older, as the funniest guy in those old Miller Lite commercials.  But if you were unaware, Uecker is one of the best play-by-play guys around and has been for decades.  Seriously: if you’re not in Wisconsin, get or XM radio or something and listen to some Brewers games this summer. He’s just fantastic.

And that’s definitely worth a statue.  Especially in Milwaukee, where they honored Bud Selig with one. The least they can do is honor someone who has brought millions of people actual enjoyment.

  1. florida76 - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Teams like the Brewers with little team success(no World Titles in their entire history), and precious few great players, have to do something to make themselves feel good. This is one of those classic statues designed only for Milwaukee consumption. Most fans outside Milwaukee will have to read the inscription closely on the statue to even recognize who is being honored.

    • Old Gator - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      You’re forgetting the millions of fans of the Major League films. They would have supported the idea of a statue for Ueck based solely on his performance as Harry Doyle. I sure would.

      “Vaseline ball grounded to second….”

    • muskyhunter2542 - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      This qualifies for dumbest post of the year!!!

      • Old Gator - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:32 PM

        Cup0pizza will be so-o-o-o-o jealous.

      • Old Gator - Mar 21, 2012 at 2:14 PM

        Awww, cuo0pizza will be so-o-o-o-o disappointed. He thought he had a lock.

      • Old Gator - Mar 21, 2012 at 5:33 PM

        Eh, sorry about the multiple posts. Not sure why the first one took so long to manifest itself – and of course, we wouldn’t want commode0pizza to think he was really worth that much effort in the first place.

    • nightman13 - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:27 PM

      Yeah, cause nobody’s heard of Hank Aaron, Robin Yount, Paul Molitor or Rollie Fingers. We have nothing to be proud of in Milwaukee but our announcers.

      • Old Gator - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:35 PM

        You’ve got Usinger’s. If you’d never had a baseball team, that alone would have been sufficient.

      • natstowngreg - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:37 PM

        Or Eddie Mathews or Warren Spahn. Yup, nothing of which to be proud.

      • umrguy42 - Mar 21, 2012 at 2:22 PM

        …And if you don’t count statues just at the ballpark, The Fonz :p

  2. Old Gator - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    Better yet: they could get rid of the Bud Light statue and put it in a vacant lot somewhere, thus potentially drawing thousands of pigeons away from the stadium, and put the Uecker statue in its place.

    • natstowngreg - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:39 PM

      Bud brought baseball back to Milwaukee after the Braves fled to Atlanta. For that alone, Milwaukee can justify a statue in his honor.

      • Old Gator - Mar 21, 2012 at 2:16 PM

        Perhaps, but you also ought to look into the circumstances under which Miller Park got built – after the voters soundly rejected using public money for it.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Mar 21, 2012 at 3:37 PM

        The stadium funding bill passed by 1 Senate vote. While it may have lost by a voter majority I would hardly say it was “soundly” rejected.

      • Old Gator - Mar 21, 2012 at 5:13 PM

        I would say it was. And then the Racine area state senator, Petak, whose single vote cemented the sales-tax ripoff of Milwaukee area voters who had resoundingly said “no” in the first place was recalled by those same voters and deservedly bounced out on his fat corrupt ass.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Mar 21, 2012 at 6:28 PM

        Mr. Petak was recalled for more reasons than just his vote for the stadium tax. The stadium tax was just a great opportunity to rally the public. Either way though believe what you want. It wasn’t ultimately Selig that caused the stadium tax. He just said that if it didn’t pass the Brewers weren’t long for Milwaukee, a fact which was never in debate.

    • bsbiz - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:45 PM

      Something tells me Uecker himself would find it fitting to have his statue be reduced to somewhere birds come to crap.

  3. nagrommit - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    Maybe someday that Bud Selig statue will get moved to Seattle. Or at least to the American League.

    • Old Gator - Mar 21, 2012 at 5:31 PM

      Well, I hear they are taking (or took) down the statue of Lenin in Fremont, after he oversaw a real estate boom that turned a student slum into a Yuppie redoubt – that’s capitalist thanks for you – so there’s a vacant pedestal waiting for Bud Light out there too. In a way, it makes me smile to think of those much bigger gulls taking over for the pigeons. Might even get a few clams dropped on his head in the process, too.

  4. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    I don’t know if they still do this, but the last time I was at Miller Park, they play him over the PA in the concession areas, loud and proud. It’s excellent.

    • nightman13 - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:30 PM

      Yes they do, and it is fantastic. Part of the reason I try to get seats by the concourses, so I can overhear the PA while I watch in person.

  5. zfreak666 - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:16 PM

    I remember he used to play the dad on some sitcom….probably back in the 80’s.

  6. muskyhunter2542 - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:28 PM

    • zfreak666 - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:35 PM

      Oh yeah. Never cared much for that sutffy Belvedere dude.

  7. natstowngreg - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    The statue should be of Uecker sitting in the front row.

    • natstowngreg - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      …and be placed on the seats the furthesest away from home plate.

  8. realshaap - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Thumbs up for whoever forgot Mr. Belvedere’s first name was LYNN

    • jimbo1949 - Mar 21, 2012 at 3:47 PM

      Thumbs up if you knew that:
      Lesley Howard
      Evelyn Waugh
      Brooke McEldowney
      Carroll O’Conner
      Ashley Wilkes
      are all men’s names.

  9. plumdandy6677 - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:36 PM

    Stairs, they do still play the radio broadcast in the concourse. As a life-long Brewer fan, Uecker means springtime for me. When you start to hear his voice in spring training, you know the weather is about to turn, and that baseball is on its way. I think he is a great play by play guy along with story-teller. But, maybe their going a little statue-crazy these days. I mean, he has been part of baseball-loving Milwaukeeans’ lives for their whole lives, but its like their using statues as a PR campaign. I think they should wait 25-50 years, and then build a statue.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Mar 21, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      25-50 years? By waiting that long you take most of the people who have been able to enjoy his commentary out of the celebration because they’ll all have passed away. Do it when the man himself and his contemporaries can enjoy the honor.

  10. brewcrewfan54 - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    While Bud Selig is an easy target for criticism, some deserved some not, the fact is he brought baseball back to Milwaukee. For that reason alone he has brought many people “actual enjoyment.” Maybe you were just unaware of this Mr Calcaterra.

    • Old Gator - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:53 PM

      For every Brewers fan he inadvertently delighted, there must be a thousand other baseball fans he nauseated. Take things in balance.

  11. joeflaccosunibrow - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    When Bob Uecker was asked where they should place the statue, he told them “Juuust a bit outside”

  12. hushbrother - Mar 21, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    I like what Tim McCarver said about his former backup. He said that contrary to his reputation, Uecker was actually a GOOD baseball player – an outstanding defensive catcher who could really handle a knuckleball – and a great teammate who made everyone laugh.

  13. crankyfrankie - Mar 21, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Great news. Wish Harry Kalas could have seen his statue at CBP.

    • Utley's Hair - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:40 PM

      Based on his humility, Harry the K probably wouldn’t have allowed a statue to have been built.

  14. mgflolox - Mar 21, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Uecker is absolutely worthy of this honor. And it couldn’t happen for a better person. Great that he’s still around to enjoy the honor.

  15. sportsfreak61787 - Mar 21, 2012 at 10:30 PM

    Haha old gator your life must really suck.

    • Old Gator - Mar 21, 2012 at 11:27 PM

      Naaahhh. It’s pretty good. Beautiful home, lovely and vivacious Euro-wife of 30-plus years, exquisite tropical gardens, heated pool, nice pension, great kids, terrific dogs, pet rattlesnake, a wide range of hobbies and interests, extensive library, culturally diversified neighborhood with a varied choice of Latin American, European and Asian cuisines within a few minutes’ drive, wonderful Latin jazz clubs, year round sunshine and warm weather, and winter is just a rumor. True, homeowners’ insurance is exorbitant, our politicians are as corrupt as the day is long (but whose aren’t? Wisconsin’s?), our nice new baseball stadium has hardly any parking facilities and little to no mass transit, we put up with the occasional hurricane and a feral python invades the yard from time to time, but hey, paradise comes at a price. All told, a pretty good life.

      I’d ask how yours was – it makes more sense to ask than to assume about something of which you have no information whatsoever, which makes you sound like a schmuck – if I actually gave a flying poke at a rolling doughnut. But I don’t.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 22, 2012 at 10:58 AM

        I’d easily guess our age range is about 40 years, but if I was in Florida, you’d be a guy I’d want to know. Your wit and intelligence is refreshing.

  16. tellyspop - Mar 22, 2012 at 8:55 AM

    Shirley Povich
    Alice Cooper
    Babe Ruth

  17. tellyspop - Mar 22, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    One more: A boy named Sue.

    “How do you catch a knuckle ball? Pick it up after it stops rolling.”

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