So, he strapped on a tuba during BP, walked to the outfield and proceeded to shag fly balls with it: Via The Chicago Tribune: Your Account Logout Login Create Account Bob Uecker Position: Catcher Bats: Right • Throws: Right 6-1, 190lb (185cm, 86kg) … "But," Stillwell added, mindful of online ticket sites today, "we wouldn't have known where to start looking.". Jul 4, 2016 - UPDATE: According to tbridge, the instrument Uecker played (above) is a Sousaphone, not a tuba. 9,559th in MLB history) © 2020 Full-year historical Major League statistics provided by Pete Palmer and Gary Gillette of Hidden Game Sports. For many in the Ozarks, it was a series followed through black-and-white TVs, or radio. September 29, 1967 It's only natural.In Bob Uecker's mind, that was the case for his Cardinals before they took on the Yankees in Game 2 of the 1964 Fall Classic at Busch Stadium. In other words, the '64 season and World Series itself lives on in mythical status, especially to those born in the following decade. When baseball's biggest stars need a haircut, they come to José 'Jordan' López, By And that was back in a 154-game season, or eight games fewer than these days. All images are property the copyright holder and are displayed here for informational purposes only. It was published 20 years ago this summer and offers details right down to the now-epic, Ernie Broglio-for-Lou Brock trade with the Cubs in mid-June as well as the hardships of the club's African-American players such as the great Bob Gibson and first baseman Bill White. For decades, the minor leagues have been the home of free giveaways, including at Hammons Field, where lines form especially early — some as early as 8 a.m. — for pieces of nostalgia. Cardinals third baseman Ken Boyer was from Alba, just outside of Joplin. Fifty years ago this October, the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series, beating the great Mickey Mantle and the mighty New York Yankees in seven games. Produced by Wisconsin Public Radio and PBS Wisconsin.Wisconsin Public Radio and PBS Wisconsin. The giveaways are replicas of the 1964 St. Louis Cardinals World Series rings, also recently distributed at Busch Stadium. Main Fortunately, the Cardinals' and Yankees' pennant-winning seasons — and their seven-game series — are snugly encapsulated in the New York Times best-seller "October 1964," written by David Halberstam. Dressen could not have been more wrong. Thanks for the great info i want more post about this topic. 10/29/2010 at 05:32 AM. Michael Clair But the club is anticipating long lines tonight before Hammons Field's gates open at 6:10 p.m. "Ever since (2011), they've been a fan favorite. Uecker, who turns 82 today and is seemingly always in a perpetual state of joking, decided he would loosen things up. Become a Stathead & surf this site ad-free. Tags: They'd let you listen to the game in class.". (Age 28-077d, "They had some Dixieland bands on the field that were playing before the game," Uecker recalls, "and while one of them was taking a break, I grabbed one of the tubas and put it on and went out in the outfield and started shagging fly balls with it. In order to mark the festivities, three Dixieland bands were stationed there, and at one point they took a break and put down their instruments. Moral of the story: Don't bring your gloves to ballgames, kids, bring a tuba. Eric Chesterton Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. The Asian Badger | It was the World Series against the mighty Yankees and the Cardinals were very relaxed. Our reasoning for presenting offensive logos. For a moment he thought of trying to play it, because that might amuse the other players, but just then someone hit a slow, lazy fly out to left. Some 2,500 will be doled out before tonight's game, but they are more than rings to old-timers. (Age 33-246d) All rights reserved. Excellent work, Ueck.Although the current Brewers broadcaster's stunt didn't help the Cards win that day, they would go on to beat the Yankees in seven games. "We got Brock on the 15th of June and we started a fan club (locally) for Uecker on the 26th of July. April 13, 1962 But when we first opened up the box, we had no idea it'd be like this.". That was flamethrower Nolan Ryan. They lived it, mostly through the crackle of an AM radio, or by watching a sometimes-snowy, old black-and-white television set. Join our linker program. Logos were compiled by the amazing Question, Comment, Feedback, or Correction? All logos are the trademark & property of their owners and not Sports Reference LLC. Much of the play-by-play, game results, and transaction information both shown and used to create certain data sets was obtained free of charge from and is copyrighted by RetroSheet. Find out more. Watch our How-To Videos to Become a Stathead, Subscribe to Stathead and get access to more data than you can imagine. Some high school data is courtesy David McWater. Judy Uecker waived her rights to the payments and instead will receive income from $4.27 million in assets expected to produce $200,000 in annual interest, attorneys said in court. And then there's Bob … Rowe remembers meeting Greenwade in downtown St. Louis to pick up his tickets, with Greenwade having traveled up I-44 in his now-famous black Cadillac. Some of the balls dented the tuba, and the owner was not amused, sending the Cardinals and Uecker a bill for $250. His teammates, though, were delighted. And With Bob Uecker On The Tuba... From October 1964: On the day of the first game, Bob Uecker was shagging balls out in left field with some of the other scrubs. We have tools and resources that can help you use sports data. It was St. Louis' first World Series since World War II. Uecker, 66, played the father on the TV comedy ``Mr. Belvedere″ from 1985-90. "It was 10 years after that before they finally won the pennant. But Boyer's home run in Game 4 and Tim McCarver's home run in Game 5 arguably saved the season, allowing the Cardinals to send the series back to St. Louis with a 3 games to 2 lead. Or write about sports? his biography, there's a picture of him doing this. Do you have a blog? Many historical player head shots courtesy of David Davis. Many thanks to him. Posted by: from the SABR BioProject, More Bob Uecker Pages at Baseball Reference, A history of the Sports Reference Sponsorship System, Every Sports Reference Social Media Account, Site Last Updated: Wednesday, November 4, 10:58PM. You see, the rings also represent an era long gone by. He tried for the catch in the mouth of the tuba, but missed. Which is why Stillwell is determined to get his hands on another '64 replica ring tonight. On the day of the first game, Bob Uecker was shagging balls out in left field with some of the other scrubs. Rowe still has one of the tickets — from Section T, Row 8, Seat 3 at old Sportsman's Park. Willard native Tom Greenwade had long been a scout for the Yankees, whose star — Mantle, from Commerce, Okla. — played all over the area in his teen years. Are you a Stathead, too? Within 10 seasons, there would be free agency; the designated hitter; five-game championship series to decide the NL and AL pennants; and in 15 years the game would see the first star earn $1 million in a season. For later generations, those numbers understandably are difficult to fathom, as are Gibson's stats during the series: 27 innings pitched, 31 strikeouts and the Series MVP. Win Expectancy, Run Expectancy, and Leverage Index calculations provided by Tom Tango of, and co-author of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball. When Bob Uecker was sent down to the minor leagues in 1961 after breaking camp with the Milwaukee Braves, manager Charlie Dressen told him, “There is no room in baseball for a clown.” 1 Dressen could not have been more wrong. "You had to get up and change the channels. Matt Monagan Do you have a sports website? You’ll love Wisconsin Life, a place for engaging stories of the people that make Wisconsin feel like home. Uecker wandered over and picked up a tuba. "It's really just changed the way the industry designs rings," said Dan Reiter, the Springfield club's sales and marketing director. Mark Stillwell, the retired MSU sports information director who has been a Cardinals fan since 1954, put it this way: "I remember there was a story in the News and Leader that the Cardinals had been granted permission by the league office to print World Series tickets. In order to mark the festivities, three Dixieland bands were stationed there, and at one point they took a break and put down their instruments. All rights reserved. in Milwaukee, WI LMAO. All this for a team that had to hoof it to the NL pennant, winning 46 of its final 67 games after falling 11 ½ games out of first place in late August, days after general manager Bing Devine resigned. us, High School: Technical HS (Milwaukee, WI), Debut: They also are wearable, meaning fans can have them re-sized. Total Zone Rating and initial framework for Wins above Replacement calculations provided by Sean Smith. … Teachers were sympathetic. And tonight, the Double-A Springfield Cardinals are sort of traveling back in time, to October 1964. The next one he caught. NBC analyst Joe Morgan appeared in four World Series, winning a pair of world titles with Cincinnati's Big Red Machine in 1975 and 1976. Certainly, 1964 World Series replica rings qualify. •, Where to live in New York if you've just come into $324 million.