Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 1/19/13
Major League Baseball lost two legends of the game today: the man who re-pioneered the concept of the passionate, fiery, ornery manager in Earl Weaver. He’s one of the biggest names in the history of the Baltimore Orioles organization. Also passing unfortunately was Mr. St. Louis Cardinals Stan Musial. When he retired in 1963, Musial held 17 major league, 29 National League and nine All-Star game records. He was elected to The Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969. He was 92. Career statistics: 3,026 games; 10,972 at-bats; 1,949 runs; 3,630 hits; 475 home runs; 1,951 RBI ; .331 batting average. He was named Sporting News Sportsman of the Decade 1946-56. Earl Sidney Weaver, who led the Baltimore Orioles to four pennants and a World Series title with a pugnacity toward umpires, died Saturday of an apparent heart attack at age 82, Major League Baseball said. Dubbed “the Earl of Baltimore,” Weaver managed the American League team for 17 seasons and amassed a record of 1,480 wins and 1,060 losses, including five 100-win seasons (1969-1971 and 1979-1980). He and the team won the World Series in 1970. Both men were members of the baseball hall of fame. Paul M. Banks is CEO of The Sports Bank.net, a Google News site generating millions of unique visitors. He’s also a regular contributor to Chicago Now, Chicago Tribune.com, Walter Football.com, Yardbarker, and Fox Sports A Fulbright scholar, published author and MBA, Banks has appeared on live radio all over the world; he’s also a member of the Football Writers Association of America, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, and Society of Professional Journalists. The President of the United States follows him on Twitter (@Paul_M_BanksTSB) You should too.
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