Bob Uecker to Be Inducted Into WWE Hall of Fame at Phoenix WrestleMania Event
Bob Uecker, seen here as Harry Doyle in the baseball classic Major League
We just learned this afternoon that when the World Wrestling Entertainment comes to Phoenix for WrestleMania this weekend, Bob "Mr. Baseball" Uecker will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Uecker is best-known for announcing Milwaukee Brewers baseball games and for his roles as George Owens in Mr. Belvedere and as hard-drinking, foul-mouthed announcer Harry Doyle in the classic baseball film Major League.
You may think that a baseball legend like Uecker being inducted into a pro-wrestling hall of fame seems "juuuuust a bit outside" of the realm of logical association, but Uecker's accolades in professional wrestling history are almost as impressive as his work around the diamond.
"Bob Uecker cemented his place in WWE history with his appearances at WrestleMania III and IV," WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon says in a statement sent to New Times.
"Seeing the huge hands of WWE Hall of Famer Andre the Giant around Uecker's neck is a clip that became immortalized in pop-culture history."
Have a look in the video below.
Uecker, now 75, has participated in two of the more-memorable WrestleManias.
In 1987, Uecker appeared as a ringside announcer at WrestleMania III at the Pontiac Silverdome, and the next year, Uecker was the backstage interviewer at WrestleMania IV at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City.
Others to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on March 27, in Phoenix include pop-culture icon Gorgeous George; Ted "The Million Dollar Man" DiBiase Sr.; former Women's Champion Wendi Richter; Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon; Stu Hart, and Japanese legend Antonio Inoki.
For more info on Phoenix's WrestleMania week, click here.
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