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Earl Weaver: 1930-2013

Jan 19, 2013, 9:43 AM EDT

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Sad news to pass along from Baltimore, as MASN Sports’ Roch Kubatko reports that Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver passed away last night. He was 82 years old.

An iconic figure with the Orioles, Weaver compiled a 1,480-1,060 record over 17 seasons as the team’s manager. This included stints from 1968-1982 and from 1985-1986. Known for his unique wit and progressive baseball strategy, Weaver led the club to six American League East titles, four pennants and a World Series title in 1970.

Weaver is 22nd all-time in managerial wins and ninth all-time in winning percentage. His fiery personality often led to some legendary arguments with umpires. Only Bobby Cox and John McGraw were ejected in more games.

Weaver was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996 while his No. 4 is one of six numbers retired by the Orioles. He was present last June when the Orioles unveiled a statue with his likeness at Camden Yards.

So long to a true baseball legend.

  1. whmiv21 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Legendary manager. Probably would’ve made a legendary debater, too.

    RIP

    • thatswhatsgooood - Jan 19, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      The Duke of Earl in one of his classic battles.

      R.I.P Hall of Famer. Baltimore loves you.

  2. whmiv21 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Legendary manager. Probably would’ve made a legendary debater, too.

    RIP

  3. banger60 - Jan 19, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    When I was being raised in K.C. I could not wait for Earl Weaver and the Orioles, what a show he could put on. R.I.P.

  4. cackalackyank - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    I will always remember the time he got right in the umpire’s face with his cap turned around, mimicking the out call he was arguing over. Pure baseball genius. ..and if you played for or against him you would have had to admired the way he had his players backs.

  5. randygnyc - Jan 19, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    I grew up watching colorful managers like billy Martin, sparky, whitey and earl. Earl was a brilliant baseball mind and his legacy demands respect. RIP.

  6. gloccamorra - Jan 19, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Did Earl Weaver really age into a Bobby Cox look-alike, or is the photo wrong?

  7. budmanjim - Jan 19, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    R.I.P #4. Baseball just lost a legend. I certainly enjoyed watching him over the years..

  8. waybright25 - Jan 19, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    I’m glad he was around for the O’s unveiling of the statues last summer. I’m sure he enjoyed his last years and really got to sit back and enjoy all he accomplished from his successful career. RIP Mr. Weaver I wish I could have been around during the glory days.

  9. artisan3m - Jan 19, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    Great manager. Probably the only one to get thrown out of a game before it ever started. Earl had a dust-up with the 3rd Base umpire the afternoon before and that ump had the plate the following day. Earl started toward the plate to deliver the batting order and saw his previous game’s nemesis. Earl made a wide sweeping gesture and the plate umpire threw him out of the park before the teams were even announced. Colorful guy ~ baseball has lost one of its greatest.

  10. cogitobaseballergosum - Jan 20, 2013 at 1:54 AM

    If you see some extra twinkle in the sky tonight it’s probably Weaver kicking stardust on Ron Luciano’s shoes.

  11. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 20, 2013 at 1:59 AM

    grew up as a Yankee fan, and he was a lot like billy in his day. Two smart managers, God has a better baseball team today with Earl’s passing. God bless and RIP Earl, you will be missed!!!

  12. scoobies05 - Jan 20, 2013 at 8:21 AM

    and what makes you an expert on earl weaver. did you know him. did he ever do anything to you. or is it based on what you saw on tv. sounds like you are the a hole. thanks for everything earl. rip

  13. stlouis1baseball - Jan 21, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    A delight to watch. RIP Earl Weaver!

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