The Earl of Baltimore is gone, for 17 years of my life he was our manager. He was only 5' 4" but everyone knew who the boss was on the field. It didn't matter how big a star player you were you played the Oriole way or you weren't around long. Jim Palmer and Rick Dempsey had arguements with him frequently, I once witnessed Dempsey Taking all the bats out of the bat rack and throwing them on the ground in the dugout when he and Earl got into it. Palmer's arguments with Earl are legendary, but both have said he made them a better player.
One heck of a manager. If I want to get Goose Bumps, I watch the ABC broadcast of the end of the 1982 season after the Orioles lost to the Brewers and the fans at Memorial Stadium wouldn't leave, saluting the Orioles and Earl (the ending is on You Tube).
Earl loved protecting his players from being tossed. In this clip he is making sure Murray and Flanny dont get tossed.
I miss Flanny... the funniest part about this video is what you don't see after he walks to the mound before leaving the field, Flanny tells Earl, "I think I balked," and Earl walks off and says, "well **** you too." That's how the story goes, at least how I remember it.
To put it in a way that only Earl would appreciate it, the goddamned baseball world is going to f*****g miss that guy.
Had to stop in from my home in Milwaukee to say...I grew up in Baltimore during the '50's through the '70's and have many MANY fond memories of Memorial Stadium and those epic Oriole teams. Our seats were in a box right behind 3rd base dugout and we (Dad & I) witnessed so much greatness that it's hard to believe such men existed in one place.
I find it particularly bittersweet that Mr. Weaver passed while on an Orioles Fantasy cruise - he was so devoted to our team and City.
The impact he had on all of baseball is astonishing. He was a master statistician when no one even knew the true value of keeping track of stats - much less use them to their advantage.
I shudder to think how many HOF players wouldn't have had the careers they did without the guidance and patience of men like the Earl of Duke.
So I'm sending condolences to the entire Oriole community - past and present. Mr. Weaver will be missed. One of a kind, truly the greatest.
A sad day indeed. NOBODY knew baseball rules like Earl did. Some of my favorite memories of the early 70s was when Earl would run out to argue a decision by the umpires and whip out the rulebook to show them they were wrong.
horribly sad day for MLB---losing two legends in Musial at 92 and Earl at 82. Weaver was the kind of manager you loved to have on your team. He took no crap from anyone and he never babied his players. He demanded excellence and the record speaks for itself. He was one of a kind. Musial was truly 'the man'.
What a truly sad day for baseball. Condolences to the family and friends of Earl Weaver, as well as Stan Musial, two of the greatest legends in the sport's late 20th Century history. I really feel like part of my childhood, and the childhoods of my parents for that matter, was just taken away and I imagine that many fans around the world share similar sentiments.
I dream of 1966, 1970, and 1983. I would also take 1969, 1971, and 1979. But 1973, 1974, 1996, 1997, and 2012 were okay. Toss in 1960, 1968, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1989, and 1994 too.