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#Radio100 Moment 3: Bob Uecker Begins His Radio Career (1971)

Moment 3: Bob Uecker Begins His Radio Career

In 1971, Bob Uecker, affectionally known as "Mr. Baseball," began calling play-by-play for the Milwaukee Brewers' radio broadcasts, a position he holds to this day. His first career was professional baseball. Uecker played six seasons in the majors (1962-1967), playing catcher for three different National League teams: Braves (Milwaukee, Wisc., and Atlanta, Ga.), Cardinals (St. Louis, Mo.) and Phillies (Philadelphia, Pa.). Beloved for his self-deprecating humor, he would be the first person to make fun of his rather unremarkable playing career. He joked that the highlight of his major-league career was when he “walked with the bases loaded to drive in the winning run in an intersquad game in spring training.”

November 2, 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the first commercial radio broadcast. To celebrate this special anniversary, we’re shining a spotlight on 100 key moments in radio's history.

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating your favorite radio memories throughout 2020. Use the hashtag #Radio100 across social media to share these moments with the world. Here’s to 100 wonderful years of radio, and to at least 100 more!

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