Weaver will have private funeral service, Orioles will plan memorial in Baltimore

January 20, 2013|By Eduardo A. Encina | The Baltimore Sun

Funeral services for former Orioles manager Earl Weaver, who died aboard a baseball-themed cruise in the Caribbean, have not yet been scheduled, but a private service will likely be held later this week in South Florida.

The week-long cruise, which docked out of Fort Lauderdale, just returned to port Sunday morning, so funeral plans have just begun.

The Orioles also plan to have some type of memorial service to honor Weaver, who led the team to four AL pennants and a World Series in 1970, but where and when that service would take place has yet to be scheduled.

Orioles alumni director Bill Stetka said the team wanted to give Weaver's wife, Marianna, and his family time to themselves before approaching them about a memorial in Baltimore. A memorial could be held as early as next week or during the season's first few weeks.

Weaver was aboard a week-long cruise that wasn’t officially sponsored by the Orioles, but included several former Orioles, including Weaver, Scott McGregor and Bill Swaggerty, as well as radio play-by-play man Fred Manfra. Weaver had been attending the cruise for several years.

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