31 Famous Bob Uecker Quotes

31 Famous Bob Uecker Quotes

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Bob Uecker was an American baseball player in the 1960′s. He played for multiple different MLB teams in his career including the Braves, Cardinals, Phillies, and Braves. After he retired from the field he began hosting sport related television shows. One of his shows, The Lighter Side of Sports, is still running and is the longest running sports television show in America.

“Anybody with ability can play in the big leagues. But to be able to trick people year in and year out the way I did, I think that was a much greater feat.”

“At all those banquets, stars get up and give credit to their coaches and parents; I give credit to no one; I made myself what I am today.”

“Baseball hasn’t forgotten me. I go to a lot of Old Timers games and I haven’t lost a thing. I sit in the bullpen and let people throw things at me. Just like old times.”

“Career highlights? I had two. I got an intentional walk from Sandy Koufax and I got out of a rundown against the Mets.”

“I didn’t get a lot of awards as a player. But they did have a Bob Uecker Day Off for me once in Philly.”

“I had been playing for a while, and I asked Louisville Slugger to send me a dozen flame treated bats. But when I got it, I realized they had sent me a box of ashes.”

“I had slumps that lasted into the winter.”

“I hit a grand slam off Ron Herbel and when his manager Herman Franks came out to get him, he was bringing Herbel’s suitcase.”

“I hope the fans have enjoyed listening as much as I’ve enjoyed doing the games. I don’t ever go to the park where I don’t have a good day. I don’t like losing. But I don’t think I ever go to the park where I have a bad day. I don’t think once.”

“I just grew the hair on my back. Facial hair just wasn’t appealing to me. I liked it on my back, though.”

“I knew when my career was over. In 1965 my baseball card came out with no picture.”

“I led the league in go get ‘em next time.”

“I make fun of situations and try and find the humor in things, but it’s never at the expense of the other guy.”

“I set records that will never be equaled. In fact, I hope 90% of them don’t even get printed.”

“I signed with the Milwaukee Braves for three-thousand dollars; that bothered my dad at the time because he didn’t have that kind of dough… but he eventually scraped it up.”

“I would order a dozen bats and there were times they’d come back with handles at each end.”

“Let’s face it. Umpiring is not an easy or happy way to make a living. In the abuse they suffer, and the pay they get for it, you see an imbalance that can only be explained by their need to stay close to a game they can’t resist.”

“Not bragging by any means, but I could have done a lot of other stuff as far as working in films go and working in television… I had chances to do that stuff, but I like baseball, I really do.”

“On TV the people can see it. On radio you’ve got to create it.”

“One time, I got pulled over at four a.m.; I was fined seventy-five dollars for being intoxicated and four-hundred for being with the Phillies.”

“People don’t know this but I helped the Cardinals win the pennant. I came down with hepatitis. The trainer injected me with it.”

“People have asked me a lot of times, because I didn’t hit a lot, we all know that, how long a dozen bats would last me?… depending on the weight and the model that I was using at that particular time I would say eight to ten cookouts.”

“The highlight of my career? In ’67 with St. Louis, I walked with the bases loaded to drive in the winning run in an intersquad game in spring training.”

“The manager came up to me before a game and told me they didn’t allow visitors in the clubhouse.”

“The way to catch a knuckleball is to wait until it stops rolling and then pick it up.”

“They said I was such a great prospect that they were sending me to a winter league to sharpen up.; when I stepped off the plane, I was in Greenland.”

“To last as long as I did with the skills I had, with the numbers I produced, was a triumph of the human spirit.”

“When I came up to bat with three men on and two outs in the ninth, I looked in the other team’s dugout and they were already in street clothes.”

“When I looked at the third base coach for a sign, he turned his back on me.”

“When I played, they didn’t use fancy words like that (emotionally distressed). They just said I couldn’t hit.”

“You know, I was once named Minor League Player of the Year… unfortunately, I had been in the majors for two years at the time.”