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Earl Weaver

Earl Weaver, 1930-2013

He was a little before my time, but Earl Weaver has always been my favorite manager. Because who doesn’t love three-run homers and shit like this?

He died yesterday at the age of 82. May he rest in a peaceful place, without umpires or sacrifice bunts, and with all of the pitching and defense.

Update: I’m going to keep adding Weaver tributes, tweets, clips, pics, etc. here as I see them. What a character.

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“It was Weaver who pioneered use of radar guns to measure pitchers’ velocity. It was Weaver who kept a stack of index cards to keep track of pitcher-vs.-batter matchups, long before the computerization of the game’s statistics.”

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Camden Yards unveiled a statue honoring Weaver in June of this year. At the ceremony, Weaver said of the larger-than-life cast, “Even LeBron [James] will have to look up to [the statue]. I guess there will be a lot of kids looking up at me, too, and saying, ‘Who is this?’ I just hope their dads and grandfathers have the statistics to show why I’m standing there.” That day, Weaver jokingly asked that his tombstone read, “The sorest loser that ever lived.”

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D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. DemO'sHon

    January 19, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Sad, sad, sad day – I loved the Manager’s corner segment – laughed so hard my stomach hurt. Then to see the pic with him and Flanny brought tears to my eyes. Please keep them coming. They are in the middle of O’s fan fest at the Baltimore Convention Center today. Buck’s comments on their ongoing social media coverage of events said that Earl would be mad as hell that he died knowing that he missed fan fest. He will be missed.

  2. Drewtabaga

    January 19, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    “You wait about five, ten years and see who’s in the fuckin’ hall of fame”

    That’s absolutely incredible.

  3. davesumdum2005

    January 19, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Earl and Sparky = A plate Umps Nightmare
    Thanks for great performances you two guys

  4. sonny

    January 19, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    just heard about it and its a sad day for his family his friends his fans and baseball.I remember siting in study hall with a transistor radio hid in my pocket and ear piece listing to the world series and the 4 20 game winners the O,S had that year but it was earl weaver I remember the most.baseball has lost a great man and so have we.RIP

  5. jack

    January 19, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    sad day for basebaal

  6. Jon

    January 19, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Not only a character but a great manager. RIP Earl, you’re already missed.

  7. Jeff

    January 20, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Lost a legend. He defined an era of great mgr’s. RIP Earl.

  8. Mr. Potato Head

    January 20, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    RIP Earl, I beat he argued with death as well.

  9. Mr. Potato Head

    January 20, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    *bet

  10. Drewtabaga

    January 20, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    After reading all about weaver’s advanced theories, you’d have to think that he would hate what the nats did this offseason. We essentially replaced a solid 25 homer guy in morse, with a slap-hitting, speedy center fielder in denard span. What was so wrong with werth leading off? I think we’re in for some excruciating games with great pitching and no run support.

  11. Wcked Pixels

    January 20, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    I don’t know who’s better in the clip, Earl or the ump. Especially when he trots out the line about F’ing up World Series.

    Earl Weaver = Golden Age of O’s baseball.

  12. John G.

    January 20, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    Everyone talks about how it was funny that he got tossed from both games of a double header. No one seems to mention that he actually did it twice. The only manager I wish I could have seen in action…

  13. Diana Strine

    January 23, 2013 at 8:52 AM

    He gave us fans what we wanted…heart, spunk and the love of the game!

  14. joyce landgraf

    January 23, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    So many memories. Earl was a show in hisself. Picture of him and flanny made my heart ache. Too bad flanny will never know how much he really meant to the orioles& the fans! Rest in peace.we love you and always will.thanks for the memories!

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