Bob Uecker’s relationship with the Milwaukee Brewers is unlike any other in Major League Baseball. The former big leaguer and long-time play-by-play voice of the team is often treated more like a player than a member of the media. Case in point, last year Uecker was invited into the clubhouse for the Brewers’ champagne celebration after clinching the NL Central.
A greater sign of the team’s affection for Uecker was revealed yesterday in a story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Tom Haudricort reported that the Brewers players voted to give Uecker a full playoff share, meaning that he would take home $123,000 for the team making the playoffs. It is the same playoff bonus check that each player received.
“To include me in that, I couldn’t believe it,” said Uecker, 85, who became emotional when team director of travel Dan Larrea called him with the news. “I said, ‘I don’t believe it. Really?’ I’ve tried to make sure I thanked every one of them.”Tom Haudicort, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Uecker accepted the check but he did not keep the money. He split it amongst his favorite charities. Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boys & Girls Clubs of Milwaukee, Wounded Warriors and the Froedtert Cancer Center were all beneficiaries of the donation.