Edward P. Weidner III, 68, O's clubhouse manager

November 07, 2005

Edward P. Weidner III, a retired telephone company project engineer and former clubhouse manager for the Baltimore Orioles, died of stroke complications Oct. 31 at a hospital in Durham, N.C. He was 68.

A Baltimore native, Mr. Weidner started working for the Orioles as a batboy in 1943. His father, Edward Weidner Jr., was the team trainer for more than four decades, from its days in the International League until 1967.

Mr. Weidner graduated from City College in 1955 and spent 31 years with AT&T - now Lucent Technologies - designing and installing secure telephone systems at military bases in the United States, Germany and the Middle East. He served in Korea with the Army from 1960 to 1962.

With the Orioles, Mr. Weidner oversaw the visitors' clubhouse, ensuring that the visiting team had the supplies and services it needed.

Mr. Weidner's son Edward Weidner IV of Philadelphia recalled his father's stories from his baseball days - from Ted Williams' lousy luck at cards to the frozen baseballs the Orioles once wheeled out to the mound for a home-run derby against the Yankees.

Mr. Weidner moved from Baltimore to Burlington, N.C., in the early 1980s.

Services were held Friday.

He also is survived by his wife of 13 years, the former Karen Hollis of Burlington; another son, John F. Weidner of Pasadena; a daughter, Melisa Weidner of Georgetown, Va.; two sisters, Evelyn Weidner and Joan W. Kirby, both of Pennsylvania; and two grandsons. His 1960 marriage to Susan Pritchard of Baltimore ended in divorce.

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