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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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September 18, 2014
Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides is filling two of the key vacant posts at City Hall: city manager and city attorney. Pantelides has nominated Thomas C. Andrews as city manager and Michael G. Leahy as city attorney. The Annapolis city council must confirm the appointments, which will officially be introduced at the council's meeting Monday. The mayor briefed the aldermen on the nominations during a closed-door meeting Thursday. If confirmed, Andrews and Leahy would bolster a City Hall staff that's been hit by firings and resignations since Pantelides took office in December.
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By John E. McIntyre and The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2013
Steve Buttry has been posting a series of articles at The Buttry Diary offering advice to top editors. All are instructive, but the latest, on dealing firmly with staff problems , is particularly valuable. If you are a manager at any level, you would do well to examine how he lays out various situations and how he suggests dealing with them. I append a few comments of my own. In journalism, most managers, regrettably, fall into two categories: bullies and cowards. This I have seen at two newspapers myself, and have heard reports from colleagues at scores of others.
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September 15, 2014
It seems to me that the NFL and the Baltimore Ravens' staff are severely lacking in management skills ( "Ravens executives address Ray Rice investigation in exclusive interview," Sept. 10). I believe that most people feel that consistency is the key to good management. You can be a micro-manager or laissez-faire one as either can be a great manager but if your employees do not know what to expect whether it be to go hard one day and easy the next, one is judged as having poor management skills.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | June 24, 2012
William Bruce Schneck, former manager of space shuttle Columbia's communications network, died June 17 of a massive heart attack at Chester River Hospital Center in Chestertown. The Shady Side resident was 59. The son of a Glenn L. Martin Co. quality control engineer and a Baltimore public school cafeteria manager, Mr. Schneck was born in Baltimore and raised in Dundalk. He was a 1970 graduate of Patapsco High School, and after attending a Baltimore technical school for a year, went to work in 1972 for Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc. Mr. Schneck, a contract employee who worked at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt for more than 35 years, retired in 2005.
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By Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post | June 26, 2011
Davey Johnson, a former Orioles manager and player, will become the next manager of the Washington Nationals and will manage them at least through the 2011 season, general manager Mike Rizzo said on the national broadcast of Saturday's game against the Chicago White Sox. The move completes a surreal two days by placing one of the most accomplished managers of this generation at the helm of baseball's hottest team. Rizzo said the completion of Johnson's contract amounted to "dotting the i's and crossing the t's. " Rizzo also said Johnson will travel with the Nationals to Anaheim, Calif., where he will manage his first game Monday.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 11, 2012
James F. Bray, a retired grocery store manager, died Tuesday of an aneurysm at his Jessup home. He was 76. Mr. Bray was born in Virginia and raised in North Carolina and Baltimore, where he graduated from city public schools. He served in the Army for three months and was honorably discharged in 1958. Mr. Bray worked for Food Fair and later as an evening grocery manager at Pantry Pride from 1952 to 1981, when he retired. During the 1980s, he worked for several years for Valu Food as a manager.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2012
Carey Howell Taylor, a retired Bethlehem Steel Corp. manager, died Jan. 27 of pneumonia at Good Samaritan Hospital. He was 84. The son of the superintendent of secondary education for city public schools and a homemaker, Mr. Taylor was born in Baltimore and raised in Mount Washington. After graduating from Polytechnic Institute in 1944, he studied engineering at the University of North Carolina and Penn State University for two years, before enlisting in the Navy in 1947. He then completed his education, earning a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 1950 from the Johns Hopkins University.
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January 9, 2014
As a good friend of Bishop Robinson, I read with interest Fred Rasmussen 's obituary of the former Baltimore City police chief ( "Bishop Lee Robinson Sr., city's first black police commissioner, dies at 86," Jan. 6). There was another part of Bishop's career that was omitted. For approximately 10 years, from the time he served as secretary of the state Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services until his 70th birthday, we were privileged to have him serve as a director of Mercantile Bankshares Corp.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2013
Amelia J. Brooks, a retired store manager and active church member, died Feb. 16 from heart failure at a daughter's home in Buford, Ga. The former longtime West Baltimore resident was 90. The daughter of a cobbler and a housekeeper, the former Amelia Juanita Soden was born in Baltimore and raised near Harlem Park. Mrs. Brooks was a 1941 graduate of Frederick Douglass High School and at an early age began attending church at Union Baptist Church and Douglas Memorial Baptist Church.
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By Natalie Sherman and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Boutique investment firm Hardesty Capital Management moved this month from its longtime home in Mount Vernon to a new office in Hunt Valley, which it said offers more modern conveniences and room to grow, while being closer to its customer base of wealthy Maryland families. The firm has looked to add clients, even as the rising stock market has helped drive its assets under management to more than $900 million, a record for the business. President Chad Meyer, who was hired as chief marketing officer last year, said the 14-person firm is looking to hire more people on the investment side to handle the increased funds, as well as staff that would help bring in business from other parts of Maryland and southern Pennsylvania.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons thought his team had a real chance to make a move on the Orioles in the American League East race coming back from the All-Star break. The Blue Jays were four games out of first place, but they were facing three struggling teams, two at home, while the Orioles had to start on the West Coast with the Oakland Athletics, the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners. The Orioles went 6-4 on that trip, won five of their next seven games and then took two of three from the Blue Jays in Toronto.
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By Pamela Wood and The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2014
Annapolis Mayor Mike Pantelides says he's making progress on filling a number of key vacancies in city government positions and will have nominees for a new city manager and city attorney by Sept. 22. Because of a series of firings and resignations since Pantelides took office in December, the city government is without a permanent city manager, city attorney, planning director, transportation director, and recreation and parks director. The new city manager will have a hand in hiring new directors for recreation and parks and planning and zoning, Pantelides told members of the city council Monday night.
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Mike Preston | September 4, 2014
There have been times when the age of prominent Ravens veterans has gotten overlooked because of the infusion of young players. But the older guys are aware. Occasionally the veterans huddle on the field, or in the locker room to chat. "We laugh and joke and talk about it," said Ravens inside linebacker Daryl Smith, "but we all do some form of whatever it is for us to be ready to play. We try to express that to the young guys and see how fast they learn it. You'll learn it one way or another.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
After Monday's 9-1 win against the Tampa Bay Rays that snapped a three-game losing streak, several Orioles talked in postgame interviews about how they felt like fans were panicking. Center fielder Adam Jones, shortstop J.J. Hardy and left fielder Delmon Young all made a point that losing three games to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field was nothing more than a rough series in a long season. On Tuesday afternoon, Orioles manager Buck Showalter said he wasn't aware that his players sensed that reaction from the fan base.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | August 26, 2014
Liberty Tsakalos, a former corporate treasurer who managed the retail shop of the H&S Bakery, the Southeast Baltimore family-owned business that was co-founded by her husband, brother and father, died Tuesday of Alzheimer's disease complications at her Harbor East home. She was 94. "She was an anomaly of her time. She was a strong woman working in a man's world, which was especially true of the commercial baking industry in the 1950s and '60s," said her grandson Michael Tsakalos of Hunt Valley.
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By Kevin Cowherd | March 26, 2011
If the last few days are any indication, it sure will be fun to see what comes out of Buck Showalter's mouth this season. Who knew the Orioles manager was a world-class trash-talker? Who knew we had a Rex Ryan-clone — well, minus the donut-pounding physique and foot fetish — in our midst? Maybe you heard Showalter made national headlines the other day for taking a shot at Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees and Theo Epstein of the Boston Red Sox. In the April issue of Men's Journal, he ripped the Yankees' veteran shortstop for delivering an Oscar-winning performance on inside pitches.
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By Matt Vensel | June 13, 2011
You know those amazing videos we see of minor-league managers flipping out and getting ejected from games in emphatic fashion ? We can now add Norfolk Tides manager Gary Allenson to the highlight reel. In Sunday’s 11-5 win over Durham, the manager of the Orioles’ Triple-A affiliate took objection to a home run getting switched to a ground-rule double by the umps. So Allenson sauntered out to the warning track, scaled the outfield wall and started looking for more phantom ground-rule doubles in the shrubbery in center field.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2014
Gordon L. Smith Jr., chairman of the board and a co-founder of Baltimore Capital Management and a former longtime resident of Phoenix, Baltimore County, died Aug. 17 at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes, Del., after open-heart surgery. He was 70. The son of Gordon L. Smith Sr., a salesman for real estate firm S.L. Hammerman Co., and Mary Louise Stansbury Smith, a Hochschild-Kohn sales associate, Gordon Lee Smith Jr. was born in Baltimore and raised in the Loch Raven neighborhood. After graduating in 1963 from City College, he earned a bachelor's degree in economics in 1966 from the University of Maryland, College Park.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
CHICAGO - Orioles manager Buck Showalter still is trying to figure out baseball's new rule on home plate collisions. In the Orioles' 4-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Friday, third baseman Chris Davis was called out at home as he tried to score from second base. It was obvious that Cubs catcher John Baker made a clean tag on Davis. What wasn't clear was whether he was blocking home plate. Under a new rule Major League Baseball implemented this year, in an effort to avoid collisions at the plate, a base runner has the right to an unobstructed path to home.
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