The New York Daily News is reporting that longtime Orioles manager Earl Weaver suffered a heart attack early Saturday morning while on an Orioles fantasy cruise in the Caribbean. He collapsed and was unable to be revived.
Weaver, 82, managed the Baltimore Orioles for 17 seasons, compiling a 1,480-1,060 record. He had five seasons with 100-plus wins, including three consecutive seasons from 1969-1971. The only time one of his team’s finished with a sub-.500 record was in 1986, Weaver’s final season in the dugout.
Weaver guided his teams to six division titles, four American League pennants and the World Series championship in 1970. He often said the secret to his success was “pitching, defense and the three-run homer.”
Also known for his fiery demeanor, Weaver regularly argued with umpires and the unofficial tally of his ejections is estimated to be close to 100. Many of his legendary run-ins with the men in blue included Weaver kicking dirt and turning his hat backward when things r...