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Bob Uecker, Brewer Announcer, Hit by Ball, Has Mild Concussion

By    |   Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 12:44 PM

Bob Uecker, Milwaukee Brewer's Hall of Fame radio broadcaster, suffered a mild concussion on Monday after being hit by a baseball during batting practice and will sit out calling some of the team's games.

Uecker, 81, who has appeared in such movies as "Major League" franchise and the television series "Mr. Belvedere," spent a night at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee for observation, reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He won't return to the air until the team returns from its road trips to Kansas City and Colorado.

 


Team spokesman Tyler Barnes told the Journal Sentinel that hospitalizing Uecker was "out of an abundance of caution." Jeff Levering, who has filled in for Uecker this season on road trips he skipped, worked the game Tuesday against the Royals with Joe Block.

"The No. 1 priority is always Bob's health," said Barnes. "But he's going to be fine."

Uecker was hit in the head by a baseball that had struck the "L" screen near the pitcher's mound and caromed back over the batting cage, Barnes told MLB.com. Uecker initially said he was fine and joked about the incident on the air, but started to feel "out of sorts" as the game against Kansas City at Miller Park progressed.

By the seventh inning, team doctors were called in to evaluate him, leading to the former major leaguer being admitted to Froedtert for evaluation, said Barnes.

Uecker's jovial personality led the former second-string catcher to star in Miller Lite commercials in the 1980s, then the television series "Mr. Belvedere" (1985-1990) and co-star in the hit film "Major League," noted the Sporting News. .

Uecker has been a radio baseball broadcaster for 46 years. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2001, joining other baseball announcers Vin Scully, Mel Allen, Red Barber, Ernie Harwell and Jack Brickhouse, according to his Milwaukee Brewers biography. In addition, he was named to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in 2011.

Before that, Uecker had been named Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year five times and was inducted into the Wisconsin Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

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