Upon doing my casual Saturday sports and news reading, I was saddened to learn about the death of long-time Baltimore manager Earl Weaver early today while on an Orioles-themed Caribbean cruise.
He was 82.
The fiery but delightful Missourian managed the Orioles for 15 seasons from 1968-1982 (and another two from 1985-1986 when the club had fallen from grace), tabulating a .583 winning percentage, good for top 10 all time in baseball history.
His only losing season was 1986, and his teams posted three straight 100-win seasons from 1969-71.
A 1996 Hall of Fame inductee, Weaver was among the winningest skippers in MLB history, amassing nearly 1,500 triumphs in 2,500 contests, including the 1970 World Series over the first Big Red Machine. The prior season, The Earl of Baltimore’s crew posted 109 wins, best in team history, before falling to New York’s “Miracle Mets” in the Fall Classic.
The Birds won more than 100 games five times during Weaver’s his tenure, including three AL pennan...