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Earl Weaver, 82, dies while on cruise
ESPN.com news services ^ | January 19, 2013

Posted on 01/19/2013 7:46:55 AM PST by ConservativeStatement

BALTIMORE -- Earl Weaver, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who won 1,480 games with the Baltimore Orioles, has died, the team says. He was 82.

Weaver was traveling on an Orioles fantasy cruise in the Caribbean when he collapsed in his room with wife, Maryanne, at his side on the cruise's ship at about 2 a.m. Saturday, the New York Daily News reported.

Weaver never regained consciousness, the report said.

(Excerpt) Read more at espn.go.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: baseball; orioles; weaver
R.I.P. One of baseball's true characters.
1 posted on 01/19/2013 7:46:57 AM PST by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement

Huge Orioles fan back in the day as well as a Weaver fan...always looking and coaching for that 3 run homer on offense.


2 posted on 01/19/2013 7:48:53 AM PST by oust the louse ("When capitalism disintegrates, socialism ceases to have any validity or justification.”)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I’m glad his time came while doing something fun.

Rest in peace, Mr. Weaver.


3 posted on 01/19/2013 7:50:32 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: ConservativeStatement

RIP to one of the greatest baseball men ever!!


4 posted on 01/19/2013 7:55:34 AM PST by pgkdan ( "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not." ~Thomas Jefferson)
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To: ConservativeStatement

5 posted on 01/19/2013 8:05:11 AM PST by rabidralph (http://www.cafepress.com/westernwis)
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To: ConservativeStatement

A great old school baseball mind. I wonder what he thought of all the sabergeeks and the decision scientists?


6 posted on 01/19/2013 8:09:51 AM PST by OrangeHoof (Our economy won't heal until one particular black man is unemployed.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

One of the greats from way-back when baseball was a game. RIP Earl ...


7 posted on 01/19/2013 8:10:04 AM PST by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: oust the louse
A few weeks ago, I saw highlights of the 1970 WS, Weaver and a rookie manager named Sparky Anderson. The controversial play at home plate in which the ump became part of a Miller Lite ad mocking himself. That can't be 40+ years ago, can it?
8 posted on 01/19/2013 8:14:07 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

It may still be on youtube, but there was a sound clip of Weaver swearing his head off on ‘Manager’s Corner’, a pregame show...supposedly it wasn’t really aired, just then goofing around.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWQbN0jFo_k

OK here it is—LOTS of swears but funny as hell
“Well Terry Crowley’s lucky he’s in f-— baseball..”
“Alice Sweet from Norfolk wants to know when’s the best time to put in her tomato plants.”

“Alice Sweet oughta worry about where the f-— her next lay is coming from...she ought get her outta the f-— bars and go hustling around the streets she may get a p—— stuck in her once in awhile...That’s it for Manager’s Corner, go f-— yourself, and the Manager’s Corner show on the Balt. Orioles f-—— Network!”


Also story I heard: A religious player asked Earl, “Would you like to go walk with the Lord with me today?”
Earl: “Son, I’d rather have you walk with the bases loaded.”


9 posted on 01/19/2013 8:14:25 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: OrangeHoof

It was always an odd team that he ended up with. He had tons of pitching talent, and always three guys who could hit thirty homers each. But you can’t find any Weaver teams with stolen base guys. If anyone on his team stole more than ten bases a season....that was a big deal. It was pure entertainment to watch him leave the bench and argue for five minutes over some insignificant or minor play.


10 posted on 01/19/2013 8:22:19 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: raccoonradio

Stuff like that should be on 1200 AM.


11 posted on 01/19/2013 8:24:24 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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To: pepsionice

Weaver and billy Martin are tied for largest amount of dirt kicked on umpires and/or home plate.


12 posted on 01/19/2013 8:28:15 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: ConservativeStatement

Yes now that’s comedy but they’d have to spend some time bleeping it. Then there’s Lee Elia

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8S0CDtEz_Bo
(Also LOTS OF SWEARS. WEEI airs this but with bleeps.
“If they’re the real f-— Cubs fans they can kiss my ass.
My f-— ass! ...the MF people don’t even work. That’s why they’re at the game. 85 per cent of the people work, the other 15 are here. Rip those MFers...and those f— people boo.” )


13 posted on 01/19/2013 8:39:00 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: raccoonradio

I have that! It is absolutely hilarious - incredibly profane, but hilarious!


14 posted on 01/19/2013 8:43:20 AM PST by rashley (Rashley)
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To: raccoonradio

I have that! It is absolutely hilarious - incredibly profane, but hilarious!


15 posted on 01/19/2013 8:43:20 AM PST by rashley (Rashley)
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To: rashley

yes—now a bit on Weaver from Ken Burns Baseball, The on field rant is bleeped here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ssx1hNSs4TI


16 posted on 01/19/2013 8:45:24 AM PST by raccoonradio
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To: ConservativeStatement

I used to love Ron Luciano’s stories about Weaver. Truly classic.


17 posted on 01/19/2013 8:58:07 AM PST by Crcl1
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To: morphing libertarian
Weaver and billy Martin are tied for largest amount of dirt kicked on umpires and/or home plate.

Maybe so, but Tommy Lasorda always made sure he kicked the lime onto the umpire's pants, as it tends to eat away at the cloth.
18 posted on 01/19/2013 9:40:48 AM PST by Dr. Sivana ("C'est la vie" say the old folks, it goes to show you never can tell. -- Chuck Berry)
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To: Dr. Sivana

Nice touch


19 posted on 01/19/2013 9:42:22 AM PST by morphing libertarian
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To: ConservativeStatement

I was on an inordinately longer than usual Caribbean cruise once and I noticed quite a few elderly with walkers on board.

I later learned that there were a couple of deaths (natural causes) during the cruise, and then noticed that the butter on the tables wasn’t as hard as it was the first day.

The connection was obvious.


20 posted on 01/19/2013 9:45:39 AM PST by chopperman
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To: ConservativeStatement

As I recall,the runner, Bernie Carbo never touched the plate, the catcher, Elrod Hendricks tagged him with his glove, but the ball was in his bare hand, and the umpire, Ken Burkhardt made the call, even though Burkhardt’s back was to the plate, so he couldn’t see, after getting knokced over. 40 year ago, you say? I’m not getting old, but my kids are ;) - thanks for the memory!


21 posted on 01/19/2013 11:05:10 AM PST by jttpwalsh
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To: jttpwalsh
That is how it happened. I also recall, when buying SI as a kid, the insert to subscribe by mail was a postcard with that play as the background image.
22 posted on 01/19/2013 11:09:08 AM PST by ConservativeStatement (Obama is the "Disco Duck" president. A no-substance novelty that reached number one.)
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To: raccoonradio
Anecdote from Wikipedia:

"During one particular tirade with an umpire, Weaver headed to the dugout screaming, "I'm going to check the rule-book on that" to which the umpire replied, "Here, use mine." Weaver shot back, "That's no good - I can't read Braille."

23 posted on 01/19/2013 11:13:59 AM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: OrangeHoof
I wonder what he thought of all the sabergeeks and the decision scientists?

Actually in a lot of ways, Weaver was the original sabergeek, and he was the opposite of the "old school" baseball conventional wisdom. He also was incredibly intelligent.

In the early years of sabermetrics analysts emphasized that drawing walks was key, base stealing mostly irrelevant and often counterproductive, and sacrifice bunts almost always a stupid waste of time.

Weaver loved players who drew walks, believed in three run homers rather than guys getting thrown out stealing, and hated bunting with a passion.

24 posted on 01/19/2013 11:22:58 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: ConservativeStatement

The good old days !


25 posted on 01/19/2013 11:44:19 AM PST by jttpwalsh
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To: raccoonradio

Classic


26 posted on 01/19/2013 2:08:55 PM PST by Newtoidaho
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To: ConservativeStatement

I grew up in Baltimore during the 70’s and was a huge Oriole fan. I knew more about baseball back then than most of the boys in my neighborhood.

When my best friend and I could afford left field bleacher tickets or if we saved enough, nose bleed upper deck seats, we would catch the no. 6 bus from South Baltimore to 33rd Street and Calvert and walk to Memorial Stadium or convince one of our parents to give us a ride, we were at the game, if not we were watching on TV or listening on my transistor radio. Those were some good times.

RIP Earl.


27 posted on 01/19/2013 2:33:01 PM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: pepsionice
It was always an odd team that he ended up with. He had tons of pitching talent, and always three guys who could hit thirty homers each. But you can’t find any Weaver teams with stolen base guys. If anyone on his team stole more than ten bases a season....that was a big deal. It was pure entertainment to watch him leave the bench and argue for five minutes over some insignificant or minor play.

The Earl Weaver Orioles of the 70’s and early 80’s had as you said, tons of pitching talent and some heavy hitters. But the Orioles also had some great defensive basemen and fielders like Brooks Robinson, Boog Powel, Paul Blair and Mark Belanger. But it was painful to watch either Brooks or Boog run the bases. FWIW, Al Bumbry who played during the Weaver years was supposedly one of the fastest Orioles on base ever, he was Baltimore's all-time leader in stolen bases with 252.

28 posted on 01/19/2013 3:02:22 PM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: ConservativeStatement

RIP.


29 posted on 01/19/2013 3:33:01 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: raccoonradio
Also story I heard: A religious player asked Earl, “Would you like to go walk with the Lord with me today?”

Earl: “Son, I’d rather have you walk with the bases loaded.”

That player was Pat Kelly and yes, Earl did say that to him (at the very end of this video).

Earl Weaver

30 posted on 01/19/2013 3:49:11 PM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: raccoonradio

There is uncensored version on YOU TUBE right now

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpS-XFXxJvE&feature=player_embedded


31 posted on 01/19/2013 5:52:12 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: raccoonradio

There is uncensored version on YOU TUBE right now

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpS-XFXxJvE&feature=player_embedded


32 posted on 01/19/2013 5:52:26 PM PST by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: MD Expat in PA
This PA expat in MD grew up in Delaware Co., PA near the Delaware state line during Weaver's heyday. I was and am a Phillies fan first, but thanks in part to my great aunt (RIP) from Anne Arundel Co. (who had a 1966 O's team photo and glass), I adopted the O's as my AL team. Easy reception of WBAL from Baltimore helped iykwim. WBAL is now on its third go round of carrying the Birds going back to the '70s. RIP Earl.

ff

33 posted on 01/19/2013 5:55:06 PM PST by foreverfree
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To: ConservativeStatement

I grew up listening to the O’s on the radio, listening to the play by play as I fell asleep in bed, waking the next morning to check the paper to see the score. While everyone remembers his tirades against the umpires, he was so well loved by the people of Baltimore. This video sums that up, as reported on by Howard Cosell...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D13-QS5eQMM

We’ll miss you, Earl.


34 posted on 01/19/2013 7:06:30 PM PST by GnL
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To: ConservativeStatement

Hope he doesn’t argue too much with St. Peter (:


35 posted on 01/19/2013 7:15:31 PM PST by 1217Chic
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To: ConservativeStatement
Spent whole summers in the 80's with Wild Bill Hagy and crew in the upper deck (The Roar From 34). I remember one game where Earl was thrown out just giving the ump the lineup card....before the game even started!

To this day, I still wonder what Earl said.
36 posted on 01/19/2013 7:49:48 PM PST by Thrownatbirth (.....Iraq Invasion fan since '91.)
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