I was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Actually, I was born in Illinois. My mother and father were on an oleomargarine run to Chicago back in 1934 because we couldn't get colored margarine in Wisconsin.
On the way home, my mother was with child—me—and the pain started and my dad pulled off into an exit area, and that's where the event took place.
It was a nativity-type setting, an exit light shining down and three truckdrivers there. One was carrying butter, one had frankfurters, and the other guy was a retired baseball scout who told my folks that I probably had a chance to play somewhere down the line.
I remember it being very cold, it was January. I didn't weigh very much—I think the birth certificate says 10 ounces. I was immediately wrapped in swaddling clothes and put in the back of a Chevy without a heater. And that was the start of this Cinderella story that you're hearing today.
Bob Uecker Ford C. Frick Award (July 27, 2003) Speech at the National Baseball Hall of Fame