Happy Birthday, Ueck

Bob Uecker turns 75 today, which is a little unbelievable.  Even though he’s been calling Brewers games for nearly as long as they’ve been around, it’s never seemed like he’s that old — he definitely looks a young 75, even if he’s starting to misjudge some flyballs (how many “GET UP!  GET UP!  Caught at the warning track.” calls did we hear last year?).

Nevertheless, he’s still the face of the Milwaukee Brewers to most people — even more so than Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Prince Fielder, or Ryan Braun.  So here’s to wishing Ueck a Happy Birthday, and to celebrate, here’s a collection of my favorite lines from Major League:

Harry Doyle: That’s all we got, one goddamn hit?
Assistant: You can’t say goddamn on the air.
Harry Doyle: Don’t worry, nobody is listening anyway.

Harry Doyle: The post-game show is brought to you by…
[searches through his papers]
Harry Doyle: Christ, I can’t find it. To hell with it.

Harry Doyle: [Vaughn is coming out to pitch] So, here is Rick Vaughn, the one they call the “Wild Thing”. So, he sets and deals.
[Vaughn throws a wild pitch]
Harry Doyle: Just a bit outside, he tried for the corner and missed.
[Vaughn throws another wild pitch]
Harry Doyle: Ball 4.
[Vaughn throws another wild pitch]
Harry Doyle: Ball 8.
[Vaughn throws another wild pitch]
Harry Doyle: Low, and he walks the bases loaded on 12 straight pitches. How can these guys lay off pitches that close?

I feel like we actually re-lived that last line a few times with Derrick Turnbow.  And finally, a YouTube clip that includes some of Ueck’s best real-life calls of Ryan Braun homers.  The best moment of my (admittedly short) life is at 1:41 — Braun’s bomb against the Cubs on September 28, 2008 that essentially won the Wild Card.  I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Ueck’s birthday.

What are some of your favorite Bob Uecker calls/quotes/appearances?

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