Earl of Baltimore Passes at 82

Featured, Sports and Bets — January 19, 2013 at 8:14 pm by

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Earl Weaver, the greatest Orioles manager of all time, passed away last night at the age of 82.  Weaver was an ingenious ball of anger who held the record for game ejections at 98. But Weaver was more than just an umpire killer.  Number 4 was a winner.  No doubt about it.  Weaver led the Orioles to 6 A.L East titles, 4 pennants, and one world championship.  He registered only one losing season as skipper, his last in 1986.  In 17 seasons with the Birds, Weaver won 1480 games, an AVERAGE of 87 wins per season.  Since Weaver retired after 1986, the Orioles have only had five seasons with 87 wins or more.  It is no wonder he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.

Weaver will always be one of my favorite Orioles.  They just don’t make ’em like him anymore.  Weaver chain smoked and fought umps like Van Gough stroked the brush over canvas.  It was art, dammit.  His bulldog style and baseball genius endeared him to Baltimore, a tough blue collar city.  His winning ways made us proud, and his no-nonsense attitude made it feel like he was winning for us.  R.I.P Earl of Baltimore we’ll f#@king miss ya.

Check out this video, thought it summed up Earl Weaver pretty well.

 

 

 

 

 

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