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April 4, 2011 / John Sieger

Mr. Baseball

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Opening day in Milwaukee used to be a riskier proposition before they built a new park featuring a much needed retractable roof. What we call spring would not be recognized as such anywhere else in the country with the possible exceptions of Maine and Minnesota. Our bike ride yesterday turned into an endurance test as the skies opened and dropped nasty piles of stinging hail on us. (That epic tale is well documented here in Dave Schlabowske’s blog Over The Bars In Milwaukee.) We were wishing we had retractable roofs. My favorite sports broadcast personality of all time is Bob Uecker. He had an average major league career, but will always be remembered for his brilliant sense of humor— his frequent guest slots on Johnny Carson reveal a quick self-deprecating mind. He co-starred on the sit-com Mr. Belvedere, which I have too admit I can’t quite conjure up in my mind, but his spots for Miller Lite are classics and he starred in the movie Major League as the loopy broadcaster Harry Doyle. Milwaukee is lucky to have him—he makes the bad years tolerable and the good ones great. This song is my tribute to him and even uses his quip about how to catch a knuckleball.

© 2011 John Sieger

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  1. still rollin / Apr 4 2011 10:05 pm

    Good to meet you and your extended crew.

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