Social whirlwind surrounds awed Weaver in Cooperstown

August 11, 1996|By SYLVIA BADGER

FANS, FRIENDS AND family members of Earl Weaver, who gathered in Cooperstown, N.Y., last weekend for "The Earl of Baltimore's" induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame, saw a different man from the one they remembered on the field.

For 16 years, Weaver was the feisty general manager of the Baltimore Orioles -- always ready to do battle with the umps and put on a show for the fans.

As to how Weaver handled the event, "I've never seen Earl so nervous. He was very much in awe of the honor that was being bestowed on him," said Bob Brown, former Orioles public relations director, now with the Maryland Baseball LP, owners of the Bowie Baysox, Frederick Keys and Delmarva Shorebirds.

There were many touching moments for Weaver and his wife, Marianna, in Cooperstown, where they were joined by 23 family members. Among them were Earl's two daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda and Bob Harms and Terry and Pat Leahy; his son Mike Weaver; and Marianna's daughter and son-in-law Kim and Steve Ross.

It is remarkable that every living Orioles general manager since 1959 showed up for the induction -- Lee MacPhail; Harry Dalton, and his wife, Pat; Frank Cashen and his wife, Jean; Hank Peters, Roland Hemond and Pat Gillick.

Jay Brown, Bob's wife and my spy for the weekend, tells me that she saw an array of Earl's friends and players during the whirlwind of social activities, which included a party given by the Weavers and the Baltimore Orioles.

Some spotted by Jay were former O's owner Jerry Hoffberger and his wife, Alice; their son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Lisa, and their three sons; one of the current O's owners, Steve Geppi, and Mindy Moran; Weaver's agent, Dick Gordon, and his wife, Gloria; Peggy and Hoyt Wilhelm; Louie Aparicio and his grandson, Nelson; O's honorary chaplain, Monsignor Martin Schwalenberg; Ray Youngdahl, who played for Weaver in the minor leagues, came from California with his wife, Kathy; Frank and Barbara Robinson; Robin and Mary Roberts; Bowie and Luisa Kuhn, he's baseball commissioner; Eddie Ridgely, who's worked in the O's front office for 28 years; O's ball man Ernie Tyler; president of Oriole advocates Bob Blatchley and his wife, Rose; Jim and Joni Palmer; Brooks Robinson, who received the biggest hand from fans; Joe Hamper, former O's treasurer; Elaine and Dick Hall; Phil Itzoe, who's been the O's traveling secretary for 29 years; members of the Ned Hanlin family, the O's manager 100 years ago, who was also inducted into the Hall of Fame last weekend; Cathy and Herb Carneal, he was the O's broadcaster back in the '60s, who received the Ford Frick Award this year.

It was a wonderful weekend for the Weavers who look muchyounger today than they did back in the good old days!

Newlyweds

Wedding bells rang in June for Emily Tagliabue and John D. Rockefeller V at St. Columbia's Episcopal Church in Washington. I understand an elegant sit-down dinner dance for 500 followed the ceremony at the Rockefeller estate, which overlooks Rock Creek Park. Emily is the daughter of National Football League commissioner Paul Tagliabue (who is probably the most unpopular person in the world with Baltimore football fans because of his remarks when we didn't get an expansion football team) and his wife, Chandler, a vice-president of the volunteer group, Christmas in April-USA.

John is the son of West Virginia U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller and Sharon Percy Rockefeller. The couple will be living in Baltimore while John works on a doctorate in English at Johns Hopkins University and Emily, who has a master's degree in education from Harvard, will be teaching English in Baltimore.

Consulting Cal

Baltimore's Iron Man, Cal Ripken Jr., was in California during the off season. Seems he was asked to serve as the technical adviser on baseball for the new TriStar sports thriller, "The Fan," starring Robert DeNiro and Wesley Snipes.

According to the film's PR folks, Cal admitted he's a movie buff and agreed to take the consulting job so he could get a firsthand look at how films are made. The film is scheduled for release, Aug. 16 . . .

Lynne Brick, Maryland's first lady of fitness, got a good workout at the Olympics. She taught classes in Cycle Reebok, Step, Hi/Lo, Body Sculpting, Resist-a-ball at the Olympics Village Fitness Center for the athletes. And, she demonstrated the use of some of the very latest in fitness equipment. . .

For the last five years, Marlene Myer has been the "Life of the Party" at some of the best parties in town. But she decided it was time for a lifestyle change and has given up her Life of the Party off-premise catering company to become director of catering at the Admiral Fell Inn. She says she's ready for the more sedate hotel life, which she once enjoyed as the director of catering at the Peabody Court Hotel. . .

Connie Parr, director of development for the National Aquarium in Baltimore, had the pleasure of taking Rep. Sonny Bono and his wife Mary, and their two children on a private tour of the aquarium last Sunday.

Grand opening

More than 200 first nighters attended the grand opening of the Viccino Bistro at 1317 N. Charles St. Chef Chris Cherry, formerly of Tabrizi's, wowed guests with an array of items from Viccino's rustic-Italian menu. Even the overflow crowd on the sidewalk and some of the vehicular passers-by were served tasty morsels by roaming servers.

Viccino's owner Phillip Quick loved the turnout, which included city school superintendent Walter Amprey; Tony DeStefano, Maryland Department of Public Safety; Dean Kenderdine, Maryland Depeartment of Economic Development; Edie Brown, Baltimore Arena; and Alexander Baer associate Bill McGee.

Pub Date: 8/11/96

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