Broadcasters Hall of Fame calls on Uecker

Broadcasters Hall of Fame calls on Uecker

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers radio voice Bob Uecker will miss Tuesday's game against the Dodgers to be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, a high honor shared by fellow baseball legends Vin Scully, Jack Buck, Harry Caray and Mel Allen.

Uecker will be inducted at a luncheon in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon. He's in his 42nd season calling games for his hometown team, and has spent more than three decades as the Brewers' lead announcer.

A former catcher who debuted with the Milwaukee Braves 50 years ago this week, Uecker was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2001 and honored with the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award for broadcast excellence in '03. He is also a five-time Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year and an inductee to the Wisconsin Sports Hall of Fame.

With Uecker away in Las Vegas, Dave Nelson will join Joe Block in the broadcast booth for Tuesday's Brewers-Dodgers game at Miller Park. Uecker will be back in the booth on Wednesday, the club said.

The broadcaster is due another significant honor later this season. The Brewers will dedicate a statue of Uecker on Miller Park's home-plate plaza on Aug. 31, where he'll stand beside Hank Aaron, Robin Yount and MLB Commissioner Bud Selig.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.