Earl Weaver
American baseball player, coach and announcer
Earl Weaver
Earl Sidney Weaver was a Major League Baseball manager. He spent his entire 17-year managerial career with the Baltimore Orioles (1968–1982; 1985–1986). Weaver was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.
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Memories of Earl Weaver one year after the Orioles Hall of Fame manager's death
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Eduardo A. Encina shares his memories of interviewing Earl Weaver for the first time, including the former Orioles manager's thoughts on Chris Davis before his breakout season.
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The Red Sox and Cardinals Are Doing the Big Things Right
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
This World Series is turning into a hard-fought, competitive and exciting one. It is a nice contrast to last year's World Series, which was fantastic only if you happened to be fan of the San Francisco Giants. The two teams are evenly matched with solid-to-excellent starting pitching, deep bullpens, good hitting and famous October heroes like David Ortiz and Carlos Beltran. This World Series has also been surprisingly sloppily played. The most memorable play of the World Series so far was the obstruction call on Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks which allowed the winning run to score in game three. The play was initially debated, but it is now clear that the umpire got it right. However, the more striking aspect of that play was the decision by Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to throw down to third base when he had almost no chance at getting Allan Craig out. Making that throw with a weak hitter, Pete Kozma, coming up and Red Sox closer Koji Uehara on the mound was a poor ...
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Seth Swirsky: Major League Baseball Is Making an Error With Instant Replay
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Starting next year, Major League Baseball (MLB) will institute limited Instant Replay to decide close plays and the, on the whole, rare missed-calls by its professional umpires. I say Boooo! While all of us want all the calls to be right so the deserving team wins based on its true merit, Instant Replay will ruin practically the last thing in America that isn't ruled by technology. In short, Instant Replay will assuredly damage our National Pastime. This is why: 1) Baseball is known as a "game of inches." A hitter being called safe or out on a close play can make the difference between victory and defeat. Whether a hitter went "around" and actually swung at a pitch -- a matter of an inch, more often than not -- can be the difference between an inning-ending strikeout or a walk-off home run on the next pitch. The amount of challenges demanded by fans (and managers) in this "game of inches" won't stop at the three now proposed by MLB. Baseball is a game of never-ending clos ...
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Len Berman: Top 5 Sports Stories
Huffington Post - about 4 years
1. Quick Hits Super Bowl 47 is set for Sunday February 3rd in New Orleans: San Francisco is an early five point favorite over Baltimore. St. Louis Cardinals great Stan "The Man" Musial is dead at the age of 92. Former Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver is dead at the age of 82. Hockey season is underway. The Islanders have already been eliminated from the playoffs. (Just kidding, I think.) Roger Federer, Serena Williams and the other favorites continue to march on at the Australian Open. A library in Australia is moving all Lance Armstrong books to the fiction section. 2. XLVII Road kill. Both road teams won the championship games yesterday, highly unusual. And now we're set for the HarBowl, as a couple of brothers coach against each other in the Super Bowl, Jim and John Harbaugh. Can we declare a moratorium on Harbaugh stories the next two weeks? Yes, I'm sure their parents will be torn. Aside from that, I find the quarterback matchup more fascinating. Joe ...
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Cardinals Hall of Famer Stan Musial dies at 92- Former Orioles manager Earl Weaver dies at 82
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Former Orioles manager Earl Weaver dies at 82
Chicago Times - about 4 years
Earl Weaver penned his own epitaph.
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Former Orioles manager Earl Weaver dies- OPINION: Here's how I'd change the Hall of Fame
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Fiery Orioles manager Earl Weaver dead at 82
CBS News - about 4 years
Argumentative manager who won 1,480 games and a World Series with Baltimore had among highest winning percentages - and number of ejections - in game's history
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UPDATED: Hall to challenge Parker for mayor this fall
Houston Chronicle - about 4 years
Former Houston City Attorney Benjamin L. Hall III announced his candidacy for mayor Wednesday, choosing a slogan of "Hall for All!" and emphasizing his ability to unite people.
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David Macaray: 25 Funny Baseball Quotes
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Whenever I come across a baseball quote that makes me smile, I jot it down and file it away. I've been filing them away, off and on, for the last 25 or 30 years. Some of the quotes included here are fairly well known, others are obscure. 1. "If you know how to cheat, start now."--Baltimore manager Earl Weaver, to pitcher Ross Grimsley on the mound. 2. "People think we make $3 million or $4 million a year. They don't realize that most of us only make $500,000."--Pete Incaviglia, Texas Rangers 3. "Boston now knows how Britain felt when it lost India."--Boston Globe sportswriter Ed Linn, on Ted Williams announcing his retirement from the Red Sox. 4. "You can sum up the game of baseball in one word: 'You never know.' "--Joaquin Andujar, St. Louis Cardinals 5. When Roger Clemens recorded his 3,000th strikeout in 1998, it was noted that his very first victim was Cleveland Indian manager Mike Hargrove. At the press conference, Hargrove told him, "I got you off ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Earl Weaver
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 82
    Weaver died about 2 a.m. on January 19, 2013 of an apparent heart attack while on an Orioles' fantasy cruise aboard the Celebrity Silhouette in the Caribbean Sea.
    More Details Hide Details According to the Silhouettes itinerary, the ship had left Labadee, Haiti on January 18 and was expected to dock at Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 20, 2013. Weaver's wife of 49 years, Marianna, was at his side when he died. He was 82 years old. By coincidence, another Baseball Hall of Fame member, the St. Louis Cardinals' Stan Musial, died later that day. Upon his death, Bud Selig, commissioner of Major League Baseball, released the following statement: "Earl Weaver was a brilliant baseball man, a true tactician in the dugout and one of the key figures in the rich history of the Baltimore Orioles, the club he led to four American League pennants and the 1970 World Series championship... Having known Earl throughout my entire career in the game, I have many fond memories of the Orioles and the Brewers squaring off as American League East rivals. Earl's managerial style proved visionary, as many people in the game adopted his strategy and techniques years later. Earl was well known for being one of the game's most colorful characters with a memorable wit, but he was also amongst its most loyal. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to his wife, Marianna, their family and all Orioles fans."
  • FIFTIES
  • 1987
    Age 56
    In 1987, Weaver assisted in the development of the AI for the computer game Earl Weaver Baseball, which was published by Electronic Arts.
    More Details Hide Details The game was one of the precursors of the EA Sports line.
  • 1984
    Age 53
    Weaver later called the 1984 National League Championship Series (between the San Diego Padres and Chicago Cubs) for ABC alongside fellow hall of famers Reggie Jackson, who played for Weaver in 1976, and Don Drysdale.
    More Details Hide Details While managing the Orioles, Weaver hosted a radio show called Manager's Corner with Baltimore Oriole play by play announcer Tom Marr in which he would give his views on baseball and answer questions from fans. Weaver and Marr once recorded a prank version of the program, giving hilarious off-color answers to queries ranging from Terry Crowley, "team speed" and even growing tomatoes (one of Weaver's hobbies was gardening). The tape, which was not broadcast at the time, has since become legendary in Baltimore sports circles and has even been aired (in heavily edited fashion) on local sports radio. Weaver wrote three books: Winning! (1972), Weaver on Strategy (1984), and It's What You Learn After You Know It All That Counts (1983).
  • 1983
    Age 52
    Weaver was the #1 ABC analyst in 1983 (replacing Don Drysdale, who moved over to secondary play-by-play for ABC), but was also employed by the Baltimore Orioles as a consultant.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, ABC had a policy preventing an announcer who was employed by a team from working games involving that team. So whenever the Orioles were on the primary ABC game, Weaver worked the backup game. This policy forced Weaver to resign from the Orioles consulting position in October in order to be able to work the World Series for ABC.
    Between his stints as manager Weaver served as a color commentator for ABC television, calling the 1983 World Series (which the Orioles won) along with Al Michaels and Howard Cosell.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1977
    Age 46
    Weaver strongly believed in finishing as high in the standings as possible, even if a championship was not involved: In 1977, the Orioles entered the final weekend of the season tied for second place in the AL East with the Red Sox, three games behind the division-leading Yankees, to play a scheduled three-game series against the Red Sox in Boston, while the Yankees played three at home against Detroit.
    More Details Hide Details The Red Sox won the first game of the series, 11–10, on September 30, eliminating the Orioles from division title contention; however, after the game Weaver insisted, in an interview with a reporter, that "we're still trying to finish second." The following day, the Orioles won, 8–7, eliminating the Red Sox (the Yankees having lost on both days) and leaving the teams tied for second place headed into the series' and the season's final game, which was rained out, resulting in the Red Sox and Orioles finishing in a tie for second place. Weaver also insisted that his players maintain a professional appearance at all times. He allowed mustaches, but not beards, and, as a rule, players had to wear a suit or jacket and tie on board an airplane for a road trip. Weaver made extensive use of statistics to create matchups that were favorable either for his batter or his pitcher. He had various notebooks with all sorts of splits and head-to-head numbers for his batters and against his pitchers and would assemble his lineups according to the matchups he had. For example, despite the fact that Gold Glove shortstop Mark Belanger was a weak hitter, in 19 plate appearances he hit .625 with a .684 on-base percentage and .625 slugging percentage against Jim Kern and would be slotted high in the lineup when facing him. Similarly, Boog Powell, the 1970 American League MVP, hit a meager .178/.211/.278 against Mickey Lolich over 96 plate appearances and would be substituted, possibly with a hitter like Chico Salmon, who hit a much more acceptable .300/.349/.400 against the same pitcher.
  • 1975
    Age 44
    Weaver used radar guns to track the speed of pitched balls during the 1975 spring training season.
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  • 1973
    Age 42
    One night in 1973 Weaver threw his cap to the ground and began a vehement argument with Luciano.
    More Details Hide Details Luciano's crew-mate Don Denkinger walked over to Weaver's cap, stepped on it with the sharp cleats of both shoes, and slowly twisted back and forth. Weaver's oft-quoted managerial philosophy was "pitching, defense, and the three-run homer." Weaver expanded on his philosophy in three books he authored: Winning! (1972); It's What You Learn After You Know It All That Counts (1983); and Weaver on Strategy (1984), which was republished as Weaver on Strategy: The Classic Work on the Art of Managing a Baseball Team (2002, with co-author Terry Pluto). Weaver eschewed the use of so-called "inside baseball" or "small ball" tactics such as the stolen base, the hit and run, or the sacrifice bunt, preferring a patient approach ("waiting for the home run"), saying "If you play for one run, that's all you'll get" and "On offense, your most precious possessions are your 27 outs". Weaver claims to have never had a sign for the hit and run, citing that the play makes both the baserunner and the hitter vulnerable, as the baserunner is susceptible to being caught stealing and the hitter is required to swing at any pitch thrown no matter how far outside the strike zone or how unhittable the pitch is.
  • 1972
    Age 41
    Weaver charged out of the dugout and began screaming at Haller, who was already angry at Weaver for publicly questioning his integrity by suggesting he be prohibited from working Tigers games in 1972 because his brother was the Tigers' backup catcher at the time.
    More Details Hide Details After Weaver was ejected, he launched into a profanity-filled argument with Haller that was duly recorded. During the tirade, Earl accused Haller of blatantly calling the game out of the Orioles' favor. He also accused Haller of poking him in the chest; after Haller denied doing so, they called each other liars. Weaver's contempt for umpires was often mutual.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1969
    Age 38
    Weaver's managerial record is 1,480–1,060 (.583), including 100+ win seasons in 1969 (109), 1970 (108), 1971 (101), 1979 (102), and 1980 (100).
    More Details Hide Details He only had one losing season in his managerial career, with the 1986 Orioles. Weaver also boasts a record high 94.3 wins per season. In 1989, Weaver managed the Gold Coast Suns in the new Senior Professional Baseball Association. Less than a week into the season, Weaver was ejected from his first game. He later commented, "These umpires are high school rejects. The league went for the cheapest umpiring association. There should be no league if this continues." The Suns failed to make the playoffs in the 1989–90 season and folded after one season. Weaver was ejected from games at least 91 times during the regular season (98, according to one source) and several more times during post-season play. He was ejected from both games in a doubleheader three times. He was ejected before a game started twice, both times by Ron Luciano. Luciano alone ejected him from all four games of a minor-league series and eight games in the majors.
    During his tenure as big-league manager, the Orioles won the American League pennant in 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1979.
    More Details Hide Details In 1969 the Orioles were defeated in the World Series in five games by the New York Mets team known as the Miracle Mets. In 1970 the Orioles won the World Series by defeating the Cincinnati Reds (The "Big Red Machine") in five games. In 1971 the Orioles lost the World Series in seven games to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pirates pitcher Steve Blass pitched a complete game and gave up four hits in the deciding seventh game, allowing the Orioles to score one run. In 1979 the Orioles again lost the World Series in seven games to the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pitchers Jim Bibby, Don Robinson, Grant Jackson, and Kent Tekulve held the Orioles to four hits and one run in the deciding seventh game. In 1982, Weaver announced he would retire at the end of the season, one which saw the Orioles wallow at the back of the pack for the first half of the year before climbing in the standings to just three games behind going into a season-ending four-game series against the division-leading Brewers at Memorial Stadium. The Orioles beat them handily in the first three games to pull into a first-place tie. The final game of the series, and the season, on October 3, would decide the AL East title. Televised nationally on ABC, the Orioles suffered a crushing 10-2 loss. After the game, the crowd called for Weaver to come out.
  • 1967
    Age 36
    Weaver earned a promotion when he was appointed to replace Gene Woodling as the Orioles' first-base coach on October 3, 1967, and spent the first half of the 1968 season in that capacity before succeeding Hank Bauer as manager on July 11.
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  • 1962
    Age 31
    He moved up to with the AA Elmira Pioneers in 1962 and to the AAA Rochester Red Wings in 1966.
    More Details Hide Details As a minor league manager, he compiled a record of 841 wins and 697 defeats (.547) with three championships in 11½ seasons.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1960
    Age 29
    In 1960, he managed the Fox Cities Foxes in Wisconsin in the Class-B Three-I League.
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  • 1957
    Age 26
    He joined the Orioles in 1957 as skipper of their Fitzgerald, Georgia club in the Georgia–Florida League.
    More Details Hide Details The Orioles moved him to their Dublin, Georgia franchise in 1958, and to their Aberdeen, South Dakota club in 1959.
  • 1956
    Age 25
    Weaver started his minor league managerial career in 1956 with the unaffiliated Knoxville Smokies in the South Atlantic League.
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  • 1951
    Age 20
    A slick fielder but never much of a hitter, he worked his way up to the Texas League Houston Buffaloes (two steps below the majors) in 1951, but never made the Major League club.
    More Details Hide Details Weaver was later traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, then moved on to the Orioles, where he began his managing career. Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer, who battled with his manager on a regular basis, once noted: "The only thing that Earl knows about a curve ball is he couldn't hit it." After Palmer's skills began to decline and he was no longer a regular starter, Weaver defended his actions by claiming he'd given Palmer "more chances than my ex-wife." He has also directed such a remark at Mike Cuellar, ace of the 1969 staff, and several other players.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1948
    Age 17
    He was the son of Earl Milton Weaver, a dry cleaner who cleaned the uniforms of the St. Louis Cardinals and Browns, and Ethel Genieve Wakefield. After playing for Beaumont High School in his hometown, St. Louis, Missouri, the 17-year-old Weaver was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1948 as a second baseman.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Born
    Born on August 14, 1930.
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