Bob Uecker, American Athlete ( January 26, 1935 - )

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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.~Bob Uecker

Baseball People Lost

Not bragging by any means, but I could have done a lot of other stuff as far as working in films go and working in television... I had chances to do that stuff, but I like baseball, I really do.~Bob Uecker

Baseball Television Go

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.~Bob Uecker

Son Parents Car

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.~Bob Uecker

Him Manager Suitcase

I used to soak my mitts in a bucket of water for about two days. Then I'd put a couple of baseballs in the pocket and wrap it up with a rubber band. Today you don't have to do that, because catchers' mitts are more like first baseman's gloves.~Bob Uecker

Today Water You

We were on for six years. We were in syndication for a while. It had its run. I still see the people from 'Mr. Belvedere,' too. We stay in touch.~Bob Uecker

People See Touch

In 1962 I was named Minor League Player of the Year. It was my second season in the bigs.~Bob Uecker

Year Season Player

I think my top salary was maybe in 1966. I made $17,000 and 11 of that came from selling other players' equipment.~Bob Uecker

Think Selling Top

When I came up to bat with three men on and two outs in the ninth, I looked in the other team's dugout and they were already in street clothes.~Bob Uecker

Team Men Clothes

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.~Bob Uecker

People Play Think

If a guy hits .300 every year, what does he have to look forward to? I always tried to stay around .190, with three or four RBI. And I tried to get them all in September. That way I always had something to talk about during the winter.~Bob Uecker

Winter Forward Look

I had slumps that lasted into the winter.~Bob Uecker

Winter Had Lasted

I knew when my career was over. In 1965 my baseball card came out with no picture.~Bob Uecker

Baseball Career Picture

Sporting goods companies pay me not to endorse their products.~Bob Uecker

Me Pay Products

Sure, women sportswriters look when they're in the clubhouse. Read their stories. How else do you explain a capital letter in the middle of a word?~Bob Uecker

Women Look You

Let's face it. Umpiring is not an easy or happy way to make a living. In the abuse they suffer, and the pay they get for it, you see an imbalance that can only be explained by their need to stay close to a game they can't resist.~Bob Uecker

Happy Game Living

When I looked at the third base coach, he turned his back on me.~Bob Uecker

Me Coach Back

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.~Bob Uecker

Day Me Awards

How do you catch a knuckleball? You wait until it stops rolling, then go pick it up.~Bob Uecker

You Wait Go

Any teammate of mine that had a kid and a boy that was capable of playing baseball, I think I set a terrific example of 'Don't do this' and 'Don't do that.' And that's one of the things that I'm most proud of.~Bob Uecker

Baseball Proud Think

After getting out of the service and going into baseball I never wanted to do anything else.~Bob Uecker

Baseball Service Never

I hope the fans have enjoyed listening as much as I've enjoyed doing the games. I don't ever go to the park where I don't have a good day. I don't like losing. But I don't think I ever go to the park where I have a bad day. I don't think once.~Bob Uecker

Hope Good Day

I spent three of the best years of my life in 10th grade.~Bob Uecker

Life Best My Life

I signed a very modest $3,000 bonus with the Braves in Milwaukee. And my old man didn't have that kinda money to put out.~Bob Uecker

Money Man Old

Phil Niekro and his brother were pitching against each other in Atlanta. Their parents were sitting right behind home plate. I saw their folks more that day than they did the whole weekend.~Bob Uecker

Home Parents Day

People have asked me a lot of times, because I didn't hit a lot, how long a dozen bats would last me. Depending on the weight and model I was using at that time - I would say eight to 10 cookouts.~Bob Uecker

Time People Me