Brewers to honor Uecker with a statue

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced that the legendary “Mr. Baseball,” Bob Uecker, will be honored this summer with a statue to be placed outside of Miller Park.

The statue will be located near Miller Park’s Home Plate Plaza.

“The joy that Bob has brought to us over the years is priceless, and with 2012 being the 50th Anniversary of his first Major League game, there’s no better time than now to celebrate his achievements,” said Brewers chairman and principal owner Mark Attanasio. “Bob represents everything that is good about Milwaukee and Wisconsin. He is an iconic figure for the franchise, and his passion for the Brewers is second-to-none. Bob is a national treasure who calls Wisconsin home. I’m proud to have him as a great friend. I couldn’t be happier to add this statue to his legacy.”

Uecker is a former player of the Milwaukee Braves and is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He has been the radio voice of the Milwaukee Brewers for 42 years.

“I am honored and grateful to everyone in the Brewers organization for this tribute,” Uecker said. “I would especially like to thank Mark Attanasio, who has become a friend and a confidant, his wife Debbie, and the Attanasio family. I would also like to thank our fans for their support. I hope they have enjoyed listening to the games as much as I have enjoyed doing the broadcasts. On behalf of my family and myself, thank you.”

Uecker also has made frequent appearances on national television shows and movies,

Uecker will be the fourth person to be honored with a Miller Park statue, as he will join Hank Aaron, Robin Yount and Bud Selig.

The date of the Uecker statue unveiling and related ceremonies will be Aug. 31.
The statue will be cast in bronze, measure more than seven feet in height not including the base, and is being designed and produced by Brian Maughan, who (along with Douglas Kwart) also created the Aaron, Selig and Yount statues.

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