Henry Henry, Henry He, Bob Bucher discussed on Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure
She was bent on being out there, You know, which was fine with me. But she gave me the biggest tightest hug I ever had in my life. I don't know how I got loose. Hey, Karen, passing away today at the age of 86. The WTMJ hotline is one of his good friends. Mr Baseball. Bob Bucher. Bob. Thank you so much for being with us. I'm really sorry about the loss of your friend. Yeah, that was a tough one today. You know, they're all tough, but Um, I finished my Exercise programs morning and I came in the house and my wife was crying and I found out that that Henry had moved on so Tough day for, you know. Ah, lot of people I think for a nation really, with all the other stuff going on, and then the I have a guy like Henry move on, too. Hopefully a bigger and better place. Yeah, And I've been talking a lot today and he was a great friend. Really a great friend. Hey, Bob, it's Greg. Do you recall your first interaction with Hank Did it come in 1962 when? When you joined the Braves. Well, I actually actually the year before during spring training. I didn't make the club that year, but we were in spring training, so I I had a chance to be around him then, um and I signed with the Braves and 1956. So he was, you know, a few years ahead of me and rightfully so, but Um, the one the one thing we talked about. Greg was with Henry. And way When he came to Milwaukee. I had to do a show with him every day. We did it for Magnum box that was sponsored. And I had to do is show with Henry every day. And I mean it took it was five minutes showing it took like an hour to do it because all we did was laugh. And, of course, when he came to Milwaukee was It was at the end of his career and well, I think of when I think of all the guys because at that time I was dressing every day and throwing batting practice, so I was out there on the field every day, too. But when I when I remember the players that we had at that time and Henry Henry's presence in the clubhouse And what he Woz to a lot of those, you know younger players and veterans who are on their final trip, too. One of what a treat it was to be around them. And he was about his regular as anybody you'd ever want to see, And that's the way he always Woz and the times that we spent together. Um, I cherish And I think it's amazing when something like this happens, how good your memory is and how you remember things that Took place 50 60 years ago. But there are it's clear they were yesterday. If they were yesterday, Bob, what did what did it mean to you? And what did it mean to the state of Wisconsin City? Milwaukee that hate came back to finish out his career. Well, that credit goes to Bud ceiling, who brought Henry back. It was great. You know, It was so good, Greg, because Not only for Milwaukee, but it gave people in the American League a chance to see Henry. He didn't play a lot, maybe once in a great while, but other than that, he was a Ph. But they still got a chance to see. You know, at that time, the old time home run king and he used to meet today, but they got a chance to see Henry playing. Yes. And a lot of people that never done that, outside of the TV game, or maybe postseason stuff where they where they saw Henry play. But other than that, He was. He was a nervy days of the eight and I mean, I had the lock to call his last home. Run. Um And I think it's a matter of fact. You guys up in Wtmj are the only people that have A copy of that now. But Henry Henry in the seventh inning home run, and that's what I was working. Was working with Myrtle Harmon at that time, and I worked Three innings during the game. And Henry hit the home run against A guy named Dick Drago. In the seventh inning, and I was the guy that called so it was. It's a great memory for me, too. But There's so many other ones to that. You know when you when you're a teammate of a guy like Henry He was his plane and anybody I've ever been around in my life. And I think I think people that were around Hank and the writers of everybody else. Um, it was what he went through as a player in Atlanta and the heat and everything else that surrounded his Record breaking Uh, back. Was was an awful thing. It wasn't you know, it didn't make any difference in the players. They loved me, no matter what he did or what he said, or anything else. But You know, having no one in real those years in the sixties throughout his retirement time, and the times that I was with him, that is Chasing the dream. Dinners and where I talked, and, um You know, we used to laugh so much. Bring about me showing Henry hottie hit on telling Henry, you know, making the hitter that he was today and we did it. We did a show with Playboy. And I was talking about how I do it every night ahead. He was having problems, and then Henry came on and said he was glad he didn't listen to me, which which was kind of what we did. All the time and He relished that we we had a friendship that Lasted despite the fact that we didn't see each other a lot anymore. When we did see each other. I mean, it was nothing but laughing and good times. While he rubbed off on. He must have you had your career high in home runs in 1966 of the Phillies, so something must have worked there. He you know what was really funny about. It was You know, after I got traded a couple times I ended up back with the Braves because I became Phil Niekro's personal chaser. But With Henry there, you know. Still in Atlanta, We were back together again with the Braves, and then we wind up together again with the Brewers. Thanks. The blood sealing Who? Woz. A big big Henry Aaron fan and great great friend to Henry's. My dad once told me Bob that that Hank Aaron is the best player he had ever seen. And I once asked commissioner emeritus ceiling about it as well. And he said, You know what if Hank played in Brooklyn if he played in San Francisco? Yeah, he probably would go down as the best player in baseball. Did that mean anything to him? No. You know what? I'll tell you something. Um Willie Mays is who we're talking about, and Willie Mays is one of the great players. That we've ever had in any sport. I don't care what it is willing and Henry were great friends. Um, but with Willie Mays because of you know where he played in New York and Henry, of course in Milwaukee, which was not a bad thing anyway, because they were the first team to draw two million people. In the National League. But Henry Henry's You know, when Henry came to the big leagues, Henry with that common infielder, he was a second basement of the shortstop. And could play with anybody. You could steal bases. He could run like the wind. But he went to the outfield, and Henry didn't become a big home run hitter until You know much into his career, when guys like Eddie Mathews and Joe had cock and you know the guys who were the big home run hitters with no walking, We're making more money, and they were making more money hitting home runs. And I think that's the one thing that made Henry what he turned out to be. When he came in the major leagues. He was one of the great hitter guys who hit the right field..