Baseball and television fans will know a little about today's addition to the collection of 1967 Topps Autographed cards. It is Philadelphia Phillies journeyman catcher and Mr. Belvedere actor Bob Uecker. Card number 326 in the set of 609 cards.
This autograph was obtained through the mail and Bob Uecker returned the card with a nice blue signature after 12 days. I sent it to Bob care of the Milwaukee Brewers on May 23, 2009. Bob has been the voice of the Brewers since 1971. In 2003, Bob was honored with the Ford C Frick Award given by the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Bob Uecker's baseball career lasted 6 years and he had less than stellar statistics, career .200 batting average, 14 home runs and 74 career runs batted in. He played for the Milwaukee Braves, St Louis Cardinals (won a World Series Ring in 1964), Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves.
Most people don't remember Bob Uecker's playing days but they know him as a comedian and actor. He appeared in several Miller Lite commercials, the Mr. Belvedere sitcom and several movies including the Major League Trilogy. He is also known for his great sense of humor about his playing days. One of his more famous comments is "How do you catch a knuckleball? Wait until it stops rolling, then go to the backstop and pick it up."
To learn more about Bob Uecker, go to his biography at wikipedia.org
As another note, Bob Uecker turned 75 years old yesterday, January 26th. Happy Birthday, Bob!
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