Remembering former Orioles manager Earl Weaver
Former Oriole manager and Baseball Hall of Famer Earl Weaver died on Friday while on an Orioles-themed cruise. He was 82. We look back at Weaver’s legacy, from his time as manager to how he remained involved with the Orioles today.
Earl Weaver penned his own epitaph.
“On my tombstone just write, ‘The sorest loser that ever lived,’ ” he once said.
Weaver, the Orioles’ irascible, chain-smoking, umpire-baiting manager who led the team to four American League pennants and the 1970 world championship in his 17 years here, died Friday night while on an Orioles-themed cruise.
The Hall of Famer was 82.
Stephen C. Gates
Jan 21, 2013 @ 23:59:10
For many years – from the time Baltimore was in the ’70 series with the favored Big Red Machine – I listened to my beloved Orioles with my ear up to the radio every chance I could (even keeping score). As a western-NY native who grew up just a few miles from their farm club’s stadium in Rochester, it was a real treat to be able to see the Big Bad Birds on television (and I NEVER missed them – esp. on Sat. afternoons with Curt Gowdy). But Bill O’Donnell and Chuck Thompson were very skillful “seeing eye announcers” over the airwaves, and WBAL’s strong signal (and “Oriole Baseball” jingle) coasted 333 miles just fine. Skipper Earl Weaver – to me – was as beloved a character as any player on the field in these waning days of “old school baseball”. You might say he was the “10th man” for the Orioles lineup. I must have seen and heard him get ejected from a game almost 3 dozen times, and each time he fired up his players and coaches. Exerting that much energy and feistiness into the game’s strategy and calls surely motivated the Orioles players to be an indomitable force in their league. When the ’71 season was cut short by 4 games, the O’s had ONLY won 101(!) so far. In his first 3 full seasons, Earl led the Birds to 318 victories, a record that will never be broken (even though it should have been 321 or so – an average of 107 wins per year!). I loved my team so much that I actually moved to Balto. in ’82, and attended the “Duke of Earl” ceremony at Memorial Stadium in 1983. Colorful Earl gave his heart and soul to the club he dearly loved, and we diehard O’s fans loved him for it. The greatest ballplayer that ever lived (a Balto. native) may have worn #3 on his back, but the greatest manager that ever lived wore #4. R.I.P. dear friend; we will surely miss you…
Jan 19, 2013 @ 22:46:03
Since back when being a junior Oriole in the late ’60’s til now; Us Balmers have never had to face a heavy sadness quite this prideful-and sad, since irsay drove away in the bus,
From me:: R.I.P. and thanks for the fun Earl; ‘ain’t the beer cold?”