On Wednesday, baseball legend Bob Uecker, 75, announced that he was going to be sidelined 10-12 weeks due to heart surgery. Here are some classic shots of Mr. Baseball on and off the diamond. Uecker brushes up on his sousaphone skills before the second game of the 1964 World Series between St. Louis and the Yankees.
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In his six-year career in the majors, Uecker had a lifetime batting average of .200 with 14 home runs and 74 RBI.
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Despite his struggles at the plate, Uecker was a top defensive catcher and a key cog in the Cardinals run to the 1964 World Series.
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Joe Torre, Willie Mays and Bob Uecker
Uecker poses with Willie Mays and Joe Torre during an NCAA convention in New York City.
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Bob Uecker and Reggie Jackson
After his career ended, Uecker turned to broadcasting and landed a gig at ABC as a color commentator for Monday Night Baseball. Here Uecker interviews Reggie Jackson after the Yankees won the 1977 World Series.
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Uecker lets Brewer fans know he's "in the front row" during Bob Uecker Night at Milwaukee County Stadium.
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Mr Belvedere cast
Baseball wasn't Uecker's only passion. He also played George Owens in the hit ABC sitcom Mr Belvedere .
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Steve Sax, Bob Uecker and Tony Danza
Uecker also guest starred with Steve Sax in an episode of Who's the Boss?
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Uecker may have played for three other teams in his career, but his baseball home is Milwaukee, where he's been calling Brewers game since 1971.
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Ernie Harwell and Bob Uecker
Uecker poses with former Tigers announcer Ernie Harwell before the start of the 2002 All-Star Game in Milwaukee.
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Uecker, who is in his 55th year of professional baseball, was a favorite of late night host Johnny Carson. Uecker made over 100 appearances on The Tonight Show and earned the moniker "Mr. Baseball" by the talk show host.
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J.J. Hardy, Corey Hart and Bob Uecker
Never shy, Uecker (far right) lounges in a small swimsuit and watches J.J. Hardy (left) and Corey Hart play ping pong during a Brewers off day in Miami.
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Bob Uecker and Joe Torre
Uecker and Torre, former teammates in Milwaukee, share a laugh before a Dodgers-Brewers game.
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