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Sat Jan 19, 2013, 02:57 PM

 

Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver dead at 82

Source: USA Today



The lasting visions of Earl Weaver always will include an irate man with hat askew, kicking dirt and screaming at an umpire. But the Hall of Fame manager was more innovator than instigator.

Weaver, who won four American League pennants and a World Series during his 17 seasons as manager of the Baltimore Orioles, died early today after collapsing during an Orioles-sponsored cruise. He was 82. The cause of death was not immediately revealed.

It was Weaver who pioneered use of radar guns to measure pitchers' velocity. It was Weaver who kept a stack of index cards to keep track of pitcher-vs.-batter matchups, long before the computerization of the game's statistics.

And, of course, it was Weaver whose 94 ejections –often flamboyant and even once before a game even started – that made him most memorable. That total still is an American League record, topped in the majors only be the recently retired Bobby Cox and Hall of Famer John McGraw.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2013/01/19/earl-weaver-dead-baltimore-orioles-manager/1847255/

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 03:16 PM

1. Earl Weaver and the Orioles...

... back when baseball was fun and people played for the love of the game. I loved Earl's trick of pushing his hat down tight on his head and getting into the umps face, nodding his head up and down to knock the umps hat of bill to bill. "Hey, I never touched him!" LOL

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Sat Jan 19, 2013, 03:56 PM

2. R.I.P. Earl



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Sat Jan 19, 2013, 06:55 PM

3. "It's what you learn after you know it all that counts."

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Response to UnrepentantLiberal (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 07:26 PM

4. Even as a Yankee fan...

I'll never forget laughing at outfielders sloshing through the suspiciously re-appearing "Lake Weaver" or the surprising travels of balls bunted down the third base line in Baltimore.

RIP Earl. You made the game even more fun.

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Sun Jan 20, 2013, 02:50 PM

5. I grew up with Earl's Orioles teams

Thanks...and rest in peace

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