Along with Eddie Murray and Gary Carter, Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster/former player (he had a career .200 batting average in six seasons in the majors)/funny man Bob Uecker will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Sunday. Uecker will be awarded the 2003 Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence.
Below are a number of quotes compiled from Uecker over the years:
"Anybody with ability can play in the big leagues. But to be able to trick people year in and year out the way I did, I think that was a much greater feat."
"Wait until it stops rolling and pick it up." -- on how to catch a knuckleball.
"I signed with the Milwaukee Braves for $3,000. That bothered my dad at the time because he didn't have that kind of dough. But he eventually scraped it up."
"The highlight of my career? In '67 with St. Louis, I walked with the bases loaded to drive in the winning run in an intersquad game in spring training."
"The biggest thrill a ballplayer can have is when your son takes after you. That happened when my Bobby was in his championship Little League game. He really showed me something. Struck out three times. Made an error that lost the game. Parents were throwing things at our car and swearing at us as we drove off. Gosh, I was proud."
"I led the league in 'Go get 'em next time.' "
"I set records that will never be equaled. In fact, I hope 90 percent of them don't even get printed."
"Career highlights? I had two. I got an intentional walk from Sandy Koufax and I got out of a rundown against the Mets."
"I remember one time I'm batting against the Dodgers in Milwaukee. They lead, 2-1, it's the bottom of the ninth, bases loaded, two outs and the pitcher has a full count on me. I look over to the Dodger dugout and they're all in street clothes."
"When I looked at the third base coach, he turned his back on me."
"I didn't get a lot of awards as a player. But they did have a Bob Uecker Day Off for me once in Philly."
"In 1962, I was named Minor League Player of the Year. It was my second season in the bigs."
"I knew when my career was over. In 1965 my baseball card came out with no picture."
"One time, I got pulled over at 4 a.m. I was fined $75 for being intoxicated and $400 for being with the Phillies."
"I hit a grand slam off Ron Herbel and when his manager, Herman Franks, came out to get him, he was bringing Herbel's suitcase."
"Baseball hasn't forgotten me. I go to a lot of Old Timers' Games and I haven't lost a thing. I sit in the bullpen and let people throw things at me. Just like old times."