Hall of Fame Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker will undergo heart surgery at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee on Friday and will miss the next 10-12 weeks of games.
The Brewers made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon and plan to provide further details about Uecker’s health in a 3:30 p.m. ET press conference at Miller Park. Uecker and Dr. Jim Klezca of Froedtert Hospital will be present.
Uecker, 75, has been calling play-by-play on Brewers radio broadcasts since 1971 and was inducted into the broadcasters’ wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003. He’s better-known nationally for his work in film and television, including appearances on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. It was Carson who dubbed Uecker, “Mr. Baseball.”
Uecker went on to star in commercials for Miller Lite, in the hit TV series Mr. Belvedere and the Major League series of films. He also hosted a pair of Wrestlemanias and was just inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame last month during Spring Training.
Since the start of last season, Uecker has been paired with Cory Provus on Brewers radio broadcasts.
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Prince Fielder 1B
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