A brief history of Bob Uecker bobbleheads and all-fan giveaways By Matt Wild
Over the weekend, Milwaukee Brewers fans streaming into Miller Park were treated to a particularly delightful all-fan giveaway: a Bob Uecker Talking Bottle Opener. Finally, the time-honored act of cracking open a cold one could now be accompanied by Mr. Baseball zingers like “Get up, get off the couch, bring me another one of those,” “Last call! Just kidding. I’ll be here all night,” and “They always said I had a face for radio. I must have a face for bottler openers, too!” Incredible.
The bottle opener is far from the first Uecker-themed giveaway, of course—for the Brewers and other teams. Here, then, is a quick round-up of some Ueck-centric goodies throughout the years.
Bob Uecker Bobblehead
Miller Park’s opening season saw the release of this gimmick-free but Fonzie-esque Uecker bobblehead, featuring the legendary broadcaster holding a microphone and sporting a leather jacket and blue jeans. Forget simply melting down the Bronze Fonz—let’s melt that sucker down and replace it with a real hometown hero.
Bob Uecker Indianapolis Indians Bobblehead
This handsome depiction of Uecker was handed out by the Indianapolis Indians minor league club in June of 2004. As Greg The Bobblehead Guy notes in this video, Ueck is seen here with gray hair, meaning he either ages wonderfully or terribly. (The answer is “wonderfully,” despite the occasional run-in with a deadly spider.)