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  • Former Orioles Manager Earl Weaver Has Passed Away

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?...s_mlb&c_id=mlb

    I told my wife he died this morning on an Orioles fantasy cruise. She said, "What a way to go!"

    Rest in peace, Earl. Glad I got to meet you. :applaud:
    Last edited by bryanac625; 01-19-2013, 09:14 AM.

  • #2
    RIP Earl...

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    • #3
      That article didn't even mention where this cruise was. Great writing.
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      • #4
        I love that video with him and the ump. RIP Earl.
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        • #5
          Anointed as “Baltimore’s resident genius” by Sports Illustrated‘s June 18, 1979 cover, Weaver was a 5-foot-7 spitfire whose irascibility was exceeded only by his tactical acumen; imagine Ozzie Guillen’s profanity crossed with Lou Piniella’s explosiveness, multiplied by Tony LaRussa’s mastery of roster usage.
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          • #6
            I loved this anecdote:
            Former umpire Don Denkinger said he called one of Weaver's last games in the majors.
            ''He comes to home plate before the game and says, 'Gentlemen, I'm done.' He told us the only way he'd ever come back is if he ran out of money,'' Denkinger told The Associated Press by phone from Arizona. ''I told him that if he ever ran out of money to call the umpires' association and we'd take up a collection for him. We'd do anything, just to keep him off the field and away from us.''
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            Funny indeed!


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            • #7
              I'm so happy for him and his family that the Orioles gave him a winning season and a statue/ceremony in his last year. That was good timing. He even got to make (some) amends with Jim Palmer in their old age.
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              • #8
                I remember a game where Weaver brought out a rule book, jabbed his finger at something and then shredded the book. The shredded paper became a confetti shower for the ump. I wish I could find a video of that, it was one of the funniest thing I ever watched.
                Thanks for that memory, Earl.
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                • #9
                  I liked this one anecdote about one of his many ejections (can't remember who it was against) but the umpire during the argument, stated "I have the rulebook in my pocket, I'll show you the rule" and Earl responded "That's no good, I can't read Braille" RIP to the Earl of Baltimore.
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                  • #10
                    HAHAHAHA, it was very, very funny!

                    We'll miss you, Weaver.


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                    • #11
                      Both Musial and Weaver...sad indeed. Weaver was born in St. Louis, attended a HS built on a former MLB ballpark's site.......Beaumont HS, formerly Robison Field.

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                      • #12
                        I got a chance to meet Weaver at the All-Star Festival in Detroit a few years back. He seemed very happy to be there. The expression on his face as he signed my ball then smiled reminded me of a grandfather after just giving a present. When Gaylord Perry wasn't able to make the next autograph session, Weaver immediately volunteered to take his spot.

                        He really seemed to be enjoying himself in his retirement years. RIP.
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                        • #13
                          Ejected twice from a game during the lineup card exchange.That must be a record!LOL

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                          • #14
                            In many ways the exact opposite of Musial in on field deportment and personality, but a big fan favorite nonetheless.
                            My favorite manager of modern times, and you could certainly argue that he was also the best.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Dude Paskert View Post
                              In many ways the exact opposite of Musial in on field deportment and personality, but a big fan favorite nonetheless.
                              My favorite manager of modern times, and you could certainly argue that he was also the best.

                              I think very highly of him for what he could do to get the most out of a team

                              when Billy Martin managed the Tigers and Earl Weaver managed the Orioles in the early 70s, Martin said "anyone can win with that Orioles talent"

                              later Martin managed the spendkees Yankees and the Orioles had a big falloff in talent and Weaver almost won in 1977 (2 games out) and did win in 1979
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