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Milwaukee Brewers give Uecker a statue outside Miller Park

 

Bob Uecker (Brewers photo)

Milwaukee Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker was never a great baseball player by any stretch of the imagination. But he is very popular with Brewers fans and baseball fans in general.

For that reason, the Brewers management unveiled a statue on Friday outside of Miller Park of the 77 year old icon.

The 7-foot bronze statue feature Uecker smiling with his hands in his pockets.

Uecker, who grew up in Milwaukee, affectionately dubbed “Mr. Baseball” by Tonight Show host Johnny Carson in the 1970′s, joins Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Robin Yount and Former Brewers owner and current MLB Commissioner Bud Selig as the fourth person to have a statue outside the main gates of Miller Park.

The 90-minute ceremony included members of  Uecker’s 80′s hit television show “Mr. Belvedere”, which ran for 117 episodes from 1980 to 1985. Other attending was former Milwaukee Braves teammate Joe Torre and former Brewers star reliever Rollie Fingers.

A righty all the way, Uecker’s claim to fame is that he hit a home run off of Hall of Fame lefty Sandy Koufax. His career totals include a .200 batting average with 14 homers, 74 RBI’s while playing for the Milwaukee Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia and Atlanta. He won a World Series championship in 1964 with the Cardinals and was awarded the Ford C. Frick Award in 2003 which puts him in the broadcast wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 

Info compiled from Milwaukee Brewers, MLB, Radio & TV news

Maher buys minority interest in New York Mets

 

Bill Maher with Ingrid Newkirk, founder of PETA (2007 photo by David Shankbone via wikipedia commons)

Stand-up comic and political satirist Bill Maher, visited Citi Field over the weekend and revealed to the media that he had purchased minority interest in the New York Mets several months ago.

The 56-year-old Maher, a New York native, grew up in nearby New Jersey and has been a Mets fan all of his life.

He did not reveal how much he spent or how much of a percentage he owns in the team.

His career influences have been Johnny Carson, George Carlin, Steve Allen, Don Rickles and Robert Klein.

 

Info compiled from Radio & TV news

ENTERTAINMENT NEWS: Almanac for Tuesday, May 22, 2012; historical news

DAILY ALMANAC

Today is Tuesday, May 22, the 143rd day of 2012. There are 223 days left in the year.

HISTORICAL MOMENTS ON THIS DATE

* On May 22, 1972, President Richard Nixon began a visit to the Soviet Union during which he and Kremlin leaders signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

* In 1761, the first American life-insurance policy was issued in Philadelphia.

* In 1960, an earthquake of magnitude 9.5 — the strongest on record — struck southern Chile, claiming 1,655 lives.

* In 1992, after a reign of almost 30 years, Johnny Carson hosted NBC’s Tonight Show for the last time.

* In 2011, A tornado devastated Joplin, Mo., with winds of up to 250 mph, claiming at least 159 lives and destroying about 8,000 homes and businesses.

Michael Constantine (R) is 85 today. He is pictured with Lloyd Haines (1969 publicity photo by ABC TV via wikipedia commons)

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

85 MICHAEL CONSTANTINE, actor who played Seymour Kaufman on the ABC-TV show Room 222 in the 1970′s

70 BARBARA PARKINS, actress from the movie Valley of the Dolls

62 BERNIE TAUPIN, songwriter

38 A.J. LANGER, Columbus, Ohio born actress of the TV show Private Practice