salty language "Duke of Earl" won nearly 1,500 games as manager of Baltimore, a team to the World Series four times
Earl Weaver, the Hall of Fame fire director who won 1480 games with the Baltimore Orioles and apparently was involved in almost all the arguments with referees, has died. He was 82 years old.
Dick Gordon, agent marketing Weaver, Weaver said Saturday that he died during a Caribbean cruise sponsored by the Orioles. Gordon said the woman told him that Weaver Weaver returned to his cabin after dinner and began to choke 10:30 to 11:00 p.m. on Friday. Gordon said that the cause of death has not been determined.
Duke of Earl, as he is affectionately known in Baltimore, the Orioles took the World Series four times over 17 seasons, but only won the title in 1970. His .583 winning percentage ranks fifth among executives who serve more than 10 seasons in the 20th century.
"Earl Weaver stands out as the best coach in the history of the organization of the Orioles and one of the largest in the history of baseball," said owner Peter Angelos of the Orioles. " It is a sad day for all who knew him and for all fans of the Orioles. Earl turned his passion for the Orioles known both on and off the field. behalf of the Orioles, I offer my condolences to his wife, Mariana and her family. "
Weaver was a manager who preferred salty language expect a three-run homer instead of a race with a stolen base or a bunt. While some purists argued that baseball strategy, one can question the results.
"It was an intense competitor and very smart when it comes to finding ways to win," said Davey Johnson, who played under Weaver in the minor leagues with the Orioles from 1965 to 1972.
Weaver was deemed to be a winner, but the referees have known as a hothead. Weaver often turn his hat back and scream directly in the face of a referee to enforce a call or rule, and after the expulsion was inevitable more often than not kicking down on the plate or instead of the referee.
was kicked 91 times, including once in both games of a doubleheader.
when asked if his reputation could have damaged their chances of being admitted to the Hall of Fame, Weaver admitted: ". This is probably hurt me "
The expulsions were overshadowed by his five seasons 100-win, six East Division titles and four flags. Weaver was inducted into the Hall in 1996, 10 years after his last game managed to Baltimore at the end of a misguided return.
In 1985, the owner of the Orioles at the time, Edward B Williams, Weaver persuaded away from golf to take charge of a squadron of the fight. Weaver got his uniform No. 4, which had already been made by the team, and I tried to breathe some life into the Orioles apathetic.