Yankee Stadium will be the 53rd venue where Bob Uecker has broadcast a major league game for the Brewers.
As I'm sure many of you know, Bob Uecker is currently in his 41st season on Brewer radio broadcasts. A lot has changed in 41 years of baseball: For one, nearly every major league team is playing in a different park than they were when Uecker debuted. Some have changed multiple times.
When Uecker sits down behind the microphone today, the new Yankee Stadium will be the 53rd venue where he's called a major league regular season or playoff game for the Brewers. On Friday, Target Field will be his 54th*. Here's a look at the various ballparks Uecker has graced over the years:
|Fenway Park||Red Sox||1971|
|White Sox Park||White Sox||1971|
|Yankee Stadium I||Yankees||1971|
|Yankee Stadium II||Yankees||1976|
|Exhibition Stadium||Blue Jays||1977|
|Busch Stadium II||Cardinals||1982|
|Comiskey Park II*****||White Sox||1992|
|Ballpark at Arlington||Rangers||1994|
|Bank One Ballpark^^||Diamondbacks||1998|
|Pro Player Stadium^^^||Marlins||1998|
|Three Rivers Stadium||Pirates||1998|
|Pac Bell Park^^^^^||Giants||2000|
|Great American Ball Park||Reds||2003|
|Hiram Bithorn Stadium||Expos||2004|
|Citizens Bank Park||Phillies||2004|
|Busch Stadium III||Cardinals||2006|
Please let me know if I'm missing any or if any of my information is incorrect. I used the splits pages on B-Ref to compile a list of venues but it's possible I missed something. By my count, the only current ballpark Uecker will be missing after Friday is Safeco Field in Seattle.
While researching for this post (with help from TheJay), I was unable to find a precise start date for Uecker on the air in 1971. The change would only impact one park: If Uecker wasn't with the team when they visited RFK Stadium to play the Senators in 1971, then his first game there would actually have been a Brewer contest against the Nationals in the 00's. All of the other AL parks from 1971 were still active in 1972.
This list does not include games Uecker broadcasted as part of Monday Night Baseball or any other non-Brewer broadcasting.
Follow the jump for my footnotes.
* - The Brewers visited Target Field for the first time in 2010, but Uecker was away from the team recovering from heart surgery.
** - Uecker also called games in RFK Stadium when the Nationals played there.
*** - Later renamed Kauffman Stadium.
**** - The Yankees played home games in Shea Stadium while Yankee Stadium II was under construction. Uecker also later called Brewers-Mets games there.
***** - Later renamed U.S. Cellular Field.
^ - Now known as Progressive Field.
^^ - Now known as Chase Field.
^^^ - Later renamed a few dozen times.
^^^^ - Later renamed Minute Maid Park.
^^^^^ - Now known as AT&T Park.