The Wild West Wine Fest is coming March 7 at Warehouse 201. It’s always festive and fun. For 15 years, it has been a major fundraiser for the Downtown Sheridan Association, the group that is committed to keeping Sheridan’s downtown vibrant.
Tickets and info: Stacie Coe, 672-8881.
Today is Week 2 of the spring Sheridan Film Festival.
Today’s feature at 4:30 and 7:15 p.m. is Robert Redford in “All is Lost.” It is a critically acclaimed film about survival in open sea where an unnamed character is challenged to use every resource and experience in order to save himself. It’s been nominated for one Oscar.
It’s showing at the Centennial Theatre.
Major league pitchers and catchers report this weekend, so here’s a mid-winter baseball anecdote for the “gamers” who ardently follow the national pastime.
• Henry Aaron was celebrated on his 80th birthday in Milwaukee last weekend. Former Aaron teammate Bob Uecker got the big laugh of the night when he retold the first meeting between them in 1962.
“Henry dressed a couple of lockers over from where I was,” Uecker said. “I said hello and he replied, ‘What do you do?’”
“I said, ‘I’m a catcher.’ He asked, ‘For who?’”
Uecker, also 80, is known for his dry sense of humor and is a Hall of Fame broadcaster and has a statue honoring him at Miller Field in Milwaukee, along with Aaron, Robin Yount and Bud Selig. Uecker is also in the Brewers’ Wall of Honor with Paul Molitor and Young. Uecker played six seasons for three teams as a backup catcher, hitting exactly .200. He was a good defender with a .988 fielding average. But he’s known primarily as a goof and comedian and later, an actor. He was a frequent guest on the “Tonight Show” for his storytelling and Johnny Carson gave him the nickname, “Mr. Baseball.” He also starred in one of the best baseball movies ever, “Major League.” A couple of other Uecker stories:
• The ’64 Cardinals won the World Series that season and Uecker, who usually backed up for Tim McCarver, was the opening day starter. In a team photo, he and Hall of Famer Bob Gibson are seen holding hands.
• In a Miller Lite beer commercial, Uecker is in the wrong seats, the usher tells him. He replied how he must be “in the front row!” because of his “connections” with the front office. Instead, he’s seated in the “nosebleed” section where he shouts: “He missed the tag!” These days at Miller Park, in the most distant part of the stadium from the infield and dugouts, in the obstructed seats that sell for $1, the section is called The Uecker Seats.
“Baseball is like church. Many attend, but few understand.”
—Wes Westrum, former major league catcher and manager, 1922-2002.