BALTIMORE (AP) — Earl Weaver, the fiery Baseball Hall of Fame manager who led the Baltimore Orioles to four World Series and won one, has died. He was 82.
The notoriously peppery Weaver died on a Caribbean cruise associated with the Orioles, his marketing agent said on Saturday. The Duke of Earl, as he was affectionately known in Baltimore, took the Orioles to the World Series four times over 17 seasons but won only in 1970.
"It's a sad day. Earl was a terrific manager," Orioles vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. "The simplicity and clarity of his leadership and his passion for baseball was unmatched. He's a treasure for the Orioles. He leaves a terrific legacy of winning baseball with the Orioles and we're so grateful for his contribution."
A statue of Weaver was dedicated last summer in Camden Yards' flag court, along with the rest of the team's Hall of Fame members. He enjoyed five 100-win seasons, six American League East titles and four pennants. After an ill-advised comeback in 1985-86, the last his only losing season, he finished with a 1,480-1,060 record. He was manager of the year three times.
While Weaver had a reputation as a winner, umpires knew him as a hothead. Weaver would often turn his hat backward and yell directly into an umpire's face to argue a call or a rule, and after the inevitable ejection he would more often than not kick dirt on home plate or on the umpire's shoes.
He was ejected 91 times, including once in both games of a doubleheader. "Earl was well known for being one of the game's most colorful characters with a memorable wit, but he was also amongst its most loyal," Commissioner Bud Selig said. "On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to his wife, Marianne, their family and all Orioles fans."