We lost a member of Orioles royalty this year when Earl Weaver passed away on a Caribbean cruise at the age of 82.
The cruise was baseball-themed, which seemed fitting for the notoriously feisty Hall of Famer who managed the Orioles for 17 seasons.
Yes, his salty tongue got him ejected from the game 91 times (including once in both games of a double-header!) but, more importantly, Weaver was a great manager: He racked up five 100-win seasons, six AL East titles, took the Orioles to the World Series four times, and won one championship in 1970.
He entered the Hall of Fame in 1996 and, just last summer, a statue of him was dedicated in the flag court at Camden Yards, along with other Orioles legends.
On that hot summer day in June, Weaver peppered his acceptance speech with humor and graciousness: “To the sculptor, Toby Mendez, thanks for making me look like Buck [Showalter],” he said. “This, naturally, is a dream come true.”
“The one thing about Earl Weaver, he did not want to be your friend. . . . But whether it was Don Buford, Al Bumbry, Brooks Robinson, or myself, he was loyal by putting your name on the lineup.” —Jim Palmer
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