Uecker to return to the booth


Legendary radio announcer Bob Uecker, who took a leave of absence after undergoing heart surgery on 4/30, will return to the broadcast booth during the Brewers’ upcoming homestand, which commences Friday vs. the Nationals, the team announced Wednesday.

Uecker, an announcer for WTMJ-AM Milwaukee, underwent surgery at Froedtert & The Medical College of Wisconsin, performed by Dr. Alfred C. Nicolosi. Uecker’s surgery went smoothly, according to Nicolosi, and his return falls within the projected 10- to 12-week recovery timeframe, says MLB.com.

On 6/23, Uecker will hold a news conference at Miller Park to further discuss the details of his return to the booth. The Brewers are scheduled to host Washington that night at 7:05 p.m. CT.

Uecker has checked in with the Brewers broadcast teams occasionally since his surgery, even appearing in the booth on 6/24.

“There’s a lot of mail and a lot of nice things from a lot of nice people and a lot of great fans,” Uecker said then. “I’m very much appreciative and especially to those out at Froedtert Hospital. They’ve really done an unbelievable job.”

A fixture on Milwaukee’s airwaves for 40 years, Uecker was the recipient of the Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award in 2003. He also gained national popularity with prominent roles in the movie “Major League” and the television show “Mr. Belvedere.”