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Brewers' Uecker files restraining order against woman

MILWAUKEE -- Hall of Fame announcer Bob Uecker filed a
restraining order against a woman he contends has been harassing
him for years and last week confronted him at a hotel pool over his
refusal to assist her charity work.

A hearing is scheduled June 15, according to the Wisconsin
Circuit Court Web site. Uecker, the voice of the Milwaukee Brewers
for more than 35 years, filed a harassment injunction against Ann
E. Ladd on Thursday, as first reported by the investigative Web
site The Smoking Gun.

In court filings, the 71-year-old former player said Ladd has
been bothering him for six or seven years by sending unsolicited
gifts, driving around his home in Wisconsin and having contact with
him in various cities.

"In the past year, however, Ladd's pattern of harassment has
escalated in frequency and intensity, and has resulted in repeated
and serious invasions of my personal privacy," he said.

A message left at Ladd's home on Sunday was not immediately
returned. Uecker was announcing the Brewers' game against
Washington and was unavailable for comment.

He said the 45-year-old woman from Prospect Heights, Ill.,
recently approached him on what she said was a charity project
involving a manuscript about him.

She persisted, and he said he asked her to leave him alone. The
next night at the stadium, Uecker said members of Major League
Baseball security and the Pittsburgh police told her not to contact
him. She said she didn't realize there was a problem and would
stop.

In April, Uecker said Ladd appeared at his autograph session in
Milwaukee. She eventually was led away by Miller Park security,
documents said. Several weeks later, she accused Uecker in a letter
of having a "sneering dislike towards me."

"Both in your broadcast position and somewhat ambassador role,
you interact publicly with many people, yet disdainfully I am met
with your recurrent coldness," the letter said.

Uecker contends she has made reservations at hotels he has
previously used when the Brewers travel to Texas, Chicago and
Pittsburgh in the coming months.

Uecker won a World Series ring with the St. Louis Cardinals in
1964 and played in Philadelphia and Atlanta before retiring in
1967. He starred in commercials and the television sitcom "Mr.
Belvedere."