Former Orioles manager Earl Weaver has died. Weaver spent his entire 17 years as a manager with the Baltimore Orioles. He joined the O’s in 1957 as manager of their Georgia-Florida League, but he didn’t move to the bigs until 1968 when he became the Orioles first base coach for half a season before taking the reins as manager in July.
It was a common occurrence for Weaver to be thrown out of games – he was ejected from regular season games at least 91 times – and several times more in post-season play. And twice he was ejected before the game even started! He was known for kicking dirt on umpires and getting as close and in their face as possible without touching them.
Weaver was elected to the Cooperstown in 1996 by the Veterans Committee. He was a brilliant manager, but never made it as a player. He took Baltimore to 6 American League East titles, 4 pennants and the 1970 World Series.
Weaver was 82.
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