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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2013
For many, the lasting image of Earl Weaver will be that of a fiery, short man kicking dirt and spewing his displeasure at an umpire. Weaver's personality - described as "combative," "irascible" and also "caring" - carried from his childhood to a lengthy stint in the minor leagues and then through a Hall of Fame managerial career with the Orioles and beyond. A timeline of Weaver's life: 1930: Earl Sydney Weaver is born Aug. 14 in St. Louis. Raised in a tough section of the city, Weaver's pugnacious personality developed early.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 9, 2014
With nearly two dozen Orioles greats in attendance to commemorate the franchise's 60th anniversary, manager Buck Showalter felt a certain pressure for his club to perform Friday night against the St. Louis Cardinals. As the Orioles wore cream-colored replicas of the inaugural 1954 club's uniforms, the organization welcomed back 23 Orioles Hall of Famers with an elaborate postgame ceremony, complete with a fireworks display and laser-light show. But the fireworks started early.
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By Kevin Cowherd and The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2013
Earl Weaver was a reporter's dream-come-true. If you were a young columnist covering the Orioles in the early 80s, as I was for the old Evening Sun, you couldn't ask to be around a more colorful manager. You almost didn't have to talk to any of the players on those great Orioles' teams. Weaver would fill your notebook all by himself. With Weaver, baseball meant show-time and the ballpark was his theater. His hat-spinning, spittle-flying confrontations with umpires were legendary, some of the funniest bits of vaudeville I've ever seen in the game.
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Peter Schmuck | August 9, 2014
Suddenly, it seems like it's all right there for the taking, and everyone - the Orioles, their fans and maybe even their closest competition - senses the leaves are going to turn orange and black in the fall. The Orioles moved to six games ahead in the American League East on Saturday with a resounding, 10-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, in which they flexed their considerable muscles for the second day in a row before a national television audience. The Orioles now have the third-best record in baseball and the biggest lead of any of the six divisions.
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Peter Schmuck | January 18, 2014
It's fairly obvious that if the new instant replay system had been in place 40 years ago, we would all remember Earl Weaver differently. No doubt, he still would have been one of the most successful managers in the history of baseball, but the irrascible personality that endeared him to a generation of Orioles fans would certainly have been muted by the ability to simply ask the umpires to look at the video replay, instead of going on...
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By Mike Klingaman and Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2013
Earl Weaver penned his own epitaph. “On my tombstone just write, 'The sorest loser that ever lived,' “ he once said. Weaver, the Orioles' chain-smoking, umpire-baiting, tomato-growing manager who led the team to four American League pennants and the 1970 world championship in his 17 years here, died late Friday night while on a baseball-themed cruise. The Orioles confirmed his death Saturday morning but did not release a cause. The Hall of Famer, who lived in Pembroke Pines, Fla., was 82. “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,” Orioles owner Peter Angelos said in a statement.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 24, 2013
Orioles Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver will be memorialized Saturday in Davie, Fla., after a private, family-only ceremony tonight in South Florida. Weaver, 82, collapsed and died Friday night on a cruise ship. Weaver and his wife, Marianna, had attended the cruise -- which was not affiliated with the organization but featured former players -- for years. On Saturday afternoon, the family will receive visitors beginning at 3 p.m. at Fred Hunter's University Drive (Funeral) Home in Davie, Fla. A memorial service will begin at 4 p.m. A number of Weaver's former players are expected to attend, including Hall of Famers Jim Palmer, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson and Eddie Murray.
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The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2013
The Orioles announced today that they will wear the above patch on their jerseys throughout this season in honor of Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver, who died last month at age 82 . The team will also honor Weaver with a pregame moment of silence and video tribute before Saturday's Grapefruit League opener against the Minnesota Twins at Ed Smith Stadium. In addition, Weaver's No. 4 will be stenciled onto the grass outside of the Orioles dugout in foul territory.    
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 26, 2013
The memorial service for Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver was held Saturday afternoon in Davie, Fla., near where Weaver spent his retirement years. Former Orioles attending the service included: Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Jim Palmer, Eddie Murray, Rick Dempsey, Bill Swaggerty, Scott McGregor, Dennis Martinez, Tom Shopay, Boog Powell, Ken Singleton and Don Buford. The current Orioles were represented by executive vice president Dan Duquette, ownership representative Louis Angelos, Doug Duennes, the club's executive vice president of business, communications director Greg Bader, team radio announcer Fred Manfra, and batting practice pitcher Rudy Arias.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2013
Kayleen Reese walked slowly into the garden just beyond center field at Camden Yards on Saturday afternoon, attempting to explain to her son exactly who, and what, the statue in front of them represented. "His name was Earl Weaver, he was the Orioles manager," Reese, of Catonsville, told 6-year-old Hudson Reese. "He's the one we showed you in the YouTube videos. " It sunk in then to the boy that the bronzed figure next to the wreath of carnations and roses before him was a tribute to that crazy, white-haired baseball man on the computer that yelled and screamed at the umpires and kicked the infield dirt.
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By Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | June 30, 2014
Frank Cashen, the Orioles executive who oversaw the team's halcyon years - when it traded for Hall of Famer Frank Robinson, hired Earl Weaver as manager and won two world championships - died Monday at 88. A Baltimore native, Cashen died of complications from congestive heart failure surrounded by family members at Easton Memorial Hospital in Talbot County. Cashen led the Orioles for a decade (1966-75), during which they also won four American League pennants and two division championships.
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The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
1970 Record: 108-54 Place: First in American League East Postseason: Beat Cincinnati Reds in World Series (4-1) Manager: Earl Weaver Most Valuable Oriole: Boog Powell Batting leader: Frank Robinson (.306) Home run leader: Boog Powell (35) RBI leader: Boog Powell (114) Wins leader: Mike Cuellar, Dave McNally (24) ERA leader: Jim Palmer (2.71) Notable: Led by Powell, who won the American League Most Valuable Player award, and a trio of 20-game-winners (McNally, Cuellar and Palmer)
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | March 24, 2014
Orioles Rule 5 pick Michael Almanzar is scheduled for a MRI of his left knee Monday afternoon, according to manager Buck Showalter . Showalter said the 23-year-old corner infielder injured his knee while playing first base Saturday in Port Charlotte, Fla., and there has continued to be swelling. The Orioles need to keep Almanzar on the major league roster all season or offer him back to the Boston Red Sox for half of the original $50,000 purchase price. If he started the season on the 15-day disabled list it would buy the Orioles some time and roster flexibility.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2014
Sunday was the one-year anniversary of the death of Orioles Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver, so it's natural to think about Weaver's impact on the franchise and the game this time of the year. A great memory of Weaver is just a click away on YouTube, where you can find his tirade with first-base umpire Bill Haller in a game against the Detroit Tigers on Sept. 17, 1980. After Haller called a balk on Orioles starter Mike Flanagan, Weaver strolled out of the dugout and just unleashed on Haller.
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Peter Schmuck | January 18, 2014
It's fairly obvious that if the new instant replay system had been in place 40 years ago, we would all remember Earl Weaver differently. No doubt, he still would have been one of the most successful managers in the history of baseball, but the irrascible personality that endeared him to a generation of Orioles fans would certainly have been muted by the ability to simply ask the umpires to look at the video replay, instead of going on...
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
Few players could maneuver their way around center field at old Memorial Stadium like former Orioles outfielder Paul Blair. The eight Gold Gloves that Blair - who died on Thursday at the age of 69 - won during his time with the great Orioles teams of the 1960s and 1970s are a testament to that, but his former teammates remembered him Friday not only as an exceptional defender but also as a cherished teammate with a loquacious personality. In an era before web gems and defensive highlights aired on television, Blair was a showman and center field was his stage.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2013
Earl Weaver's last great season as a manager, 1982, coincided with my first as a young baseball fan, growing up in Baltimore. So in a sense, he has always been the manager - the Platonic ideal of the species - for me. What I didn't know until later was that this fierce little man held a similar place of honor for many fans who embraced the sabermetric movement, the search for data-driven answers to baseball's great questions. You might not guess this if you picture Weaver only as the peppery character who roared from the dugout to kick dirt on the shoes of umpires.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | March 18, 2011
— For a couple minutes Friday afternoon, the front lobby of the Orioles' offices included the presence of two men who had combined to manage in 10 World Series and win six of them. Hall of Famer Earl Weaver and baseball's new executive vice president, Joe Torre , were in town for separate reasons, but both spent a little time talking with current Orioles skipper Buck Showalter . "The level of respect for them, I'm like a kid in a toy store," Showalter said.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
Everyone knows what Paul Blair could do with a glove in center field and what he meant to some of the greatest teams in Orioles history. He was a terrific outfielder - those who saw him every day say he was the best at that position in club history - and a great competitor. He was the real deal. No doubt about it. Blair was so real, in fact, that he could be blunt as a telephone pole on just about any subject, which probably cost him a few opportunities over the course of his post-baseball career.
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