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Orioles’ Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver dies at age 82

Earl Weaver (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

Earl Weaver, who had his own managerial style that did not include the hit and run, sacrifice bunts and stolen bases, died at the age of 82 on Saturday.

Weaver died about 2 a.m. on January 19, 2013 of an apparent heart attack while on an Orioles’ fantasy cruise aboard the Celebrity Silhouette on the the Caribbean Sea. Weaver’s wife of 49 years, Marianna, was at his side when he died.

Weaver, who entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996, managed 2,540 games with a record of 1,480 wins, 1,060 losses for a winning percentage of .583.

The fiery skipper managed the Orioles from 1968-1982 then in 1985 and 1986. He won the American League pennant in 1969, 1971 and 1979. He led the Orioles to the World Series in 1970.

His number 4 was retired in 1982 by the Orioles.

Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig issued the following statement regarding the passing of Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver at the age of 82:

“Earl Weaver was a brilliant baseball man, a true tactician in the dugout and one of the key figures in the rich history of the Baltimore Orioles, the Club he led to four American League pennants and the 1970 World Series Championship.  Having known Earl throughout my entire career in the game, I have many fond memories of the Orioles and the Brewers squaring off as American League East rivals.  Earl’s managerial style proved visionary, as many people in the game adopted his strategy and techniques years later.

“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.  On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to his wife, Marianne, their family and all Orioles fans.”

Orioles Managing Partner Peter Angelos issued a statement about Earl Weaver.

“Earl Weaver stands alone as the greatest manager in the history of the Orioles organization and one of the greatest in the history of baseball. This is a sad day for everyone who knew him and for all Orioles fans. Earl made his passion for the Orioles known both on and off the field. On behalf of the Orioles, I extend my condolences to his wife, Marianna, and to his family.”

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