Saturday, January 19, 2013

Earl Weaver

I logged onto my Facebook page today and learned about the passing of Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver.

The Baltimore Orioles skipper led the Birds to 4 World Series appearances, 1969-71, and 1979.

In 1970 the Orioles defeated the Cincinnati Reds to win the World Series.

Earl Weaver was one of the best baseball managers in my lifetime.

Here's the obituary at the Hall of Fame.

My Tigers always seemed to have trouble with the 1970s  Orioles, especially in Baltimore at old Memorial Stadium.

Other than the Tigers '72 A.L. East Division Pennant, the team wasn't very good, especially '75-79.

The Orioles had Hall of Fame players like Jim Palmer, Brooks and Frank Robinson, and All-Stars like Boog Powell, Mike Flanagan, Mike Cuellar, and Paul Blair.

The Tigers had Rusty Staub, Ron LeFlore, Jason Thompsom, Steve Kemp, Mark Fidrych (1976 mostly), and Kiko Garcia.

I always remember how mad Weaver would get when he would go out to challenge a call.

Whatever it took, Weaver would do it to get at the umpires, including turning  his cap backwards, so he could get right into the face of the man in blue.

In this clip you can see him getting into an argument during a Tigers game. 

You can see former Tigers first base coach Dick Tracewski watching on during Weaver's argument.

Earl Weaver was ejected 98 times as the Orioles manager, the most ever in the American League .

Earl Weaver was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.

May God Bless him, and his family.

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