Originally posted on Fox Sports Wisconsin  |  Last updated 3/21/12
MILWAUKEE When Milwaukee fans think of Brewers baseball, one of the first names that comes to mind is that of legendary announcer Bob Uecker. So it's no surprise the team announced Wednesday that Uecker will join two baseball Hall of Famers and a former team owner who is now the commissioner of baseball with a statue representing him outside of Miller Park. On Aug. 31, Uecker's statue cast in bronze and measuring over 7 feet will go alongside those of Hank Aaron, Robin Yount and Bud Selig. Uecker, 77, has been the radio voice of the Brewers since 1971 and played for the Milwaukee Braves from 1962-63. His self-deprecating humor and comedic timing has endeared him to generations of Brewers fans and to national audiences during his decades as an actor in both film and television. "The joy that Bob has brought to us over the years is priceless, and with 2012 being the 50th Anniversary of his first Major League game, there's no better time than now to celebrate his achievements," Brewers chairman and principal owner Mark Attanasio said in a statement. "Bob represents everything that is good about Milwaukee and Wisconsin. He is an iconic figure for the franchise, and his passion for the Brewers is second to none. Bob is a national treasure who calls Wisconsin home. I'm proud to have him as a great friend. I couldn't be happier to add this statue to his legacy." Uecker, who was honored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame with the Ford C. Frick Award in 2003, was flattered when he learned of the tribute. "I am honored and grateful to everyone in the Brewers organization for this tribute," he said in a statement. "I would especially like to thank Mark Attanasio, who has become a friend and a confidant, his wife Debbie, and the Attanasio family. I would also like to thank our fans for their support. I hope they have enjoyed listening to the games as much as I have enjoyed doing the broadcasts. On behalf of my family and myself, thank you." While Uecker's roots will always be in baseball his journeyman playing career spanned four teams in six seasons his performing background is equally impressive. Uecker hit the national scene as an entertainer in 1969, when he first appeared on "The Johnny Carson Show." He did roughly 100 encore appearances with Carson and was a regular on the TV talk show circuit for years. Nationally, he may be best known for his lead role in the TV sitcom "Mr. Belvidere," on which he held the lead role from 1985-90. Also, several of his lines from his role as radio announcer Harry Doyle in the 1989 baseball movie "Major League" are still frequently referenced by baseball fans today.
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