Home » Sports » Baseball » Red Sox/MLB
Ex-Orioles manager Weaver dies
Weaver, 82, who spent his 17-year managing career with the Orioles, died of an apparent heart attack, the team said on its website. The Baltimore Sun quoted a club spokeswoman as saying he had died during an Orioles-themed cruise.
Known as "the Earl of Baltimore," the fiery Weaver led the Orioles to six division titles, four American League pennants and one World Series title. He had two stints as the club's skipper, from 1968 to 1982 and from 1985 to 1986.
Baltimore finished in first or second place in the American League East in all but three seasons during his initial 15-year run. Weaver posted a .583 career winning percentage with 1,480 wins and 1,060 losses, ranking him seventh all-time among managers, and first for all post-1960 skippers.
Led by third baseman Brooks Robinson, the Orioles beat the Cincinnati Reds four games to one in the 1970 World Series.
Weaver, a St. Louis native, was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals as a second baseman out of high school but never played in the major leagues.
He started his coaching career in the Orioles' farm system in 1957 and worked his way up to managing the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings in 1966.
In 1968, he was promoted to Orioles first-base coach. Weaver replaced Hank Bauer as manager in July that year.
Weaver was ejected from dozens of games and was known for baiting umpires, especially by kicking dirt on them.
"The job of arguing with the umpire belongs to the manager, because it won't hurt the team if he gets thrown out of the game," Weaver once said.
He also pioneered the use of radar guns to track the speed of pitches, using them in 1975 spring training. Weaver was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1996.
He was honored last year with a statue outside Camden Yards, the Orioles' home park.
READER COMMENTS: 1
- Franklin Pierce to play Shippensburg in Div. II baseball World Series - 0
- Franklin Pierce wins NCAA baseball regional - 1
- College Baseball: Ravens outlast Penmen in 13 to survive another day - 0
- NCAA Baseball: Penmen win again - 0
- College Baseball: Mathieu, FPU cruise in NCAAs - 0
- College Roundup: SNHU rolls in NCAA opener - 0
- College Baseball: DWC stays alive in NCAAs - 0
- Penmen set sights on return to NCAA Div. II World Series - 0
- Daniel Webster nine loses NCAA test - 0
READER COMMENTS: 0
- NHIAA Div. I Track: Lynch, North boys prevail - 0
- Two found dead in Belmont; one man detained as part of investigation - 0
- Weather may be more like Veterans Day than Memorial Day - 0
- Awards cap city's Small Business Week - 0
- Rock Cats-Fisher Cats suspended - 0
- Budget plan presses NH hospitals to join managed care networks - 0
- Students hold ceremony to honor flags - 0
- This week's Rare Bird Alert - 0
- McCafferty nominated for District Court judge position - 0
NHIAA Scoreboard, May 24, 2013
Concert to aid Nashua man with rare disease
Win tickets to see American Idol Live!
Just say it: Our fight is with radical Islam
The casino vote: The House did its duty