Uecker on the passing of Merle Harmon – w/ a photo

Merle Harmon, the original radio voice of the Milwaukee Brewers, died Wednesday in Arlington, Tex. He was 82.  

Harmon was also the final voice of the Milwaukee Braves before that team moved to Atlanta in 1966. He called Brewers games beginning in 1970, when the franchise shifted from Seattle to Milwaukee, through 1979, and was the Texas Rangers play-by-play man from 1982-89. Harmon also worked for both ABC and NBC during a broadcasting career that spanned 45 years.

Bob Uecker, who joined Harmon in the Brewers’ booth in 1971 and is still calling games today, issued a statement on Wednesday afternoon.

“Merle was a great friend and a wonderful partner in the booth, and the memories he leaves us with will be cherished forever,” Uecker said. “His dedication to family and broadcasting were second to none, and I will always be grateful for the latitude and direction he gave to me as I was entering the profession.

“My heart goes out to his family, and I speak for everyone at the Brewers in saying that this is a very sad day for all of us.”

ADDED that photo, courtesy of John Steinmiller, Ken Spindler and the Brewers. I recognize Harmon, of course, with the microphone, and that’s Uecker at far right, Robin Yount front right lying next to George Scott with Hank Aaron over Yount’s shoulder. Don Money is in the back row, third from the left. I assume that’s manager Del Crandall with the jacket on. Is that Jerry Augustine next to Uecker?

Help me out, gang.


Sixto Lezcano is far left, in the back.

Darrell Porter is lower left, in front of Sixto, with catchers mitt.

I also think 2nd from left on top (next to Sixto) is Bill Travers, and the guy Merle Harmon has his left hand on is Jim Slaton.

The manager in this photo is Alex Grammas.

I believe that might be Williams Castro next to Uecker.

No wait……that is Augie when he still had hair.

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