There are no MLB games Thursday, as baseball finishes up the All-Star break, but MLB Network has you covered with something good to watch. It's airing an hour-long special on Bob Uecker's life as a player and broadcaster titled "Mr. Baseball."
Ohhhhh and we should mention that Uecker was once (briefly) a scout for the Milwaukee Brewers too. But as you learn in the clip above, he was really, really bad at it. Like comically bad.
That's one of the great morsels from "Mr. Baseball," which airs at 7 p.m. ET. Uecker, 80, of course, shares tales from his time in baseball, as does an A-list guestlist that includes Bud Selig, Hank Aaron, Bob Costas, Dick Ebersol, Tim McCarver and Al Michaels.
Even David Ward, the writer/director of "Major League," in which Uecker played the memorable role of broadcaster Harry Doyle, is part of this. The "Mr. Baseball" title comes from the nickname that Johnny Carson gave Uecker, a tribute to a relationship with MLB that's reached nearly 60 years. He's been the Brewers radio voice since 1971. This season, he was honored with a second statue at Miller Park.
Here's more on the "Mr. Baseball" special, from MLB Network:
Narrated by actor Tom Berenger, the hour-long special looks back on Uecker’s brief career as a Major League catcher and his enduring 43-year broadcasting career, including new interviews with Uecker himself and highlights from “Major League,” his Miller Lite commercials, and his many appearances on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.”
We'll be honest. It's sort of sad to learn that Wesley from Mr. Belvedere isn't on the guestlist, but we'll get over that, because otherwise this sounds like a great way to spend a baseball-less night.
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