Uecker nears return to booth

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, Last Updated: 1:31 PM ET

MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers announced on Wednesday that legendary broadcaster Bob Uecker will make his return to the booth on Friday, when the team begins a three-game series versus Washington.

The 75-year-old underwent successful heart surgery on April 30 at Milwaukee's Froedtert Hospital, where Dr. Alfred C. Nicolosi performed the procedure. The radio broadcaster was initially projected to miss 10-to-12 weeks, and his return falls within that timeframe. Uecker is scheduled to hold a news conference Friday to discuss details of his return to the job.

Uecker was inducted into the broadcasters' wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 and is in his 40th year as the play-by-play radio voice of the Brewers. Uecker was also awarded the Ford C. Frick Award in 2003 and previously served as play-by-play announcer for ABC Sports coverage of the League Championship Series and World Series.

Uecker has enjoyed 55 years in professional baseball, first spending six seasons playing in the Majors as a catcher for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves franchise, St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies. He won a World Series with the Cardinals in 1964.

Dubbed "Mr. Baseball" by the late Johnny Carson, Uecker has made memorable appearances in the movies "Major League" and "Major League II" as an announcer for the Cleveland Indians, and was famously known for his series of satiric commercials for Miller Lite.

The funnyman also starred as George on the popular television series "Mr. Belvedere," which syndicated 122 episodes.


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