‘Earl of Baltimore’ Passes at 82
Hall of Fame Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver AKA the ‘Earl of Baltimore’ also dubbed the ‘Duke of Earl’ by Baltimore natives passed away at 82 years old early Saturday morning, while aboard a cruise. The often boisterous, loud, and profane manager retired the seventh winningiest manager of all-time (1,480-1,060, .583), and first among managers who began their careers after 1960! He coached from 1968-1986 and retired with one World title (1970), six division titles, four AL pennants, and five 100 win seasons! He wasn’t afraid to speak his mind, often volatile, remembered for his spat with HOF pitcher Jim Palmer, and finished third all-time with 97 ejections! Check out his history below! R.I.P. to the Duke of Earl!
On his election to the Hall of Fame in 1996, Weaver said: “Without Jim McLaughlin and Harry Dalton, I wouldn’t have made it. I couldn’t have done any of this.” – nydailynews
History: Weaver was born in St. Louis on August 14, 1930, and played professionally 12 years in the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system (starting in 1948)! He was a better-than-average second-baseman (pic above) who topped out in double-A ball! In 1957, Legendary Orioles farm director Jim McLaughlin offered Weaver a coaching position in the Orioles minor league system. By 1966 with the task given, by Baltimore GM Harry Dalton gave him the responsibility for organizing all the fundamentals workouts for the Baltimore farmhands below Triple A, Weaver had created a system known as “the Oriole Way”. In 1968 he was brought to the bigs as a first base coach, and instantly on July 11 he replaced Hank Bauer as the manager!