The National Baseball Hall of Fame Remembers Earl Weaver

Earl Weaver passed away Friday on a Caribbean cruise. He was 82. Weaver, who was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996, managed the Baltimore Orioles for 17 seasons, winning the 1970 World Series title and three other American League pennants (1969, 1971 and 1979). He recorded a 1,480-1,060 record (.583 winning percentage) as a major league manager. At the time of his election in 1996, he was the 13th major league manager in history elected to Cooperstown.

“Earl Weaver was one of the most colorful personalities and fearless leaders the game has ever known. He managed with intensity, flair and an acerbic wit that made him a legend in Baltimore and among baseball fans everywhere. He will be deeply missed in Cooperstown. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Marianna, and the entire Weaver family.”

– Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

“When you discuss our game’s motivational masters, Earl is a part of that conversation. He was a proven leader in the dugout and loved being a Hall of Famer. Though small in stature, he was a giant as a manager, especially among Oriole fans, who lovingly referred to him as ‘The Earl of Baltimore.’”

– Jeff Idelson, Hall of Fame President

“Earl was such a big part of Orioles baseball and personally he was a very important part of my life and career and a great friend to our family. His passion for the game and the fire with which he managed will always be remembered by baseball fans everywhere and certainly by all of us who had the great opportunity to play for him. Earl will be missed but he can't and won't be forgotten.” - Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.

“Whenever we played the Orioles, we always knew they had a great manager in their dugout. We all respected Earl. He was a great friend and I loved to be with him in Cooperstown. I will miss him.”

- Hall of Famer Luis Aparicio

“Earl was a fun guy and a pretty shrewd manager. He always said what he thought and try to beat you any way he could. Earl was great for Baltimore, for sure. He was great for baseball.”

- Hall of Famer Yogi Berra

"Today is a terrible day. I loved that guy. We had a great time together. I admired him for many reasons. There was nothing he wanted more than to be a Major League Baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals. When he figured out he couldn't make it he managed his way up the minor leagues to the major leagues and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. He made every player who ever played for him a better player. I don't think there is a player that wouldn't agree. My wife Connie and I offer our condolences to Marianna and the children." -- Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson

"We were playing the Orioles in the 1970 World Series and Earl kept making trips to the mound. Between Brooks catching everything and us losing I screamed out at him. Sparky said: 'John, that man deserves to be respected.' As I got to know him, especially at the Hall of Fame, I gave him even more respect. A brilliant man who shared his love of the game with us." -- Hall of Famer Johnny Bench

"It's a sad day in the World of Baseball. Earl was certainly a game-changer. They just got another great manager in Heaven." -- Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith

Earl Weaver's Hall of Fame plaque (elected, 1996)

Earl Sidney Weaver
Baltimore, A.L. 1968-82, 1985-86

Managed Orioles with intensity, flair and acerbic wit for 17 seasons. .583 winning percentage (1480-1060) ranks fifth all-time among 20th Century managers with 10 or more years service. 94.3 wins per season ranks first. Five 100-win seasons second on all-time list. Won six A.L. East titles, four pennants and 1970 World Series.

Earl Weaver Bio

Born: Aug. 14, 1930 at St. Louis, Missouri

Height: 5-7 Weight: 180

Earl Weaver managed the Orioles with intensity, flair, and acerbic wit for 17 seasons. He fashioned an impressive .583 winning percentage bolstered by five 100-win seasons (1969-1971 and 1979-1980). Known for his innovative managerial style and his colorful confrontations with the men in blue, the Earl of Baltimore won 1,480 games, six American League East titles, four pennants and the 1970 World Series.

Quotes about Earl Weaver

Hall of Famer Orlando Cepeda: "Rest in peace to our dear friend and fellow hall member, Earl Weaver. Thoughts to his family."

Hall of Famer Johnny Bench: "So sad to hear about Earl Weaver leaving our Hall of Fame family. Really enjoyed my years with him."

Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven: "Sad news today with the passing of Hall of Fame Manager Earl Weaver. Our prayers go out to his family and friends."

Hall of Famer Dave Winfield: "I'll always remember the 'Earl of Baltimore' by his challenges to the umpires when we played against him; his willing his Orioles teams to challenge for league championships, for their defense and then getting the three-run homer; the cigarette smoking at the end of the dugout; but most of all his happy experiences at the Hall of Fame weekends, particularly his dances with his wife at the post-induction party at the Otesaga Hotel. A gruff old school manager that spoke his mind, worked with some great players and enjoyed these last years of his life. We'll all miss you Earl."

Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith: “Rest in peace, Earl Weaver. So sad to hear of another member of our Hall of Fame family passing. He was a good baseball man.”

Hall of Famer Joe Morgan:  "Earl Weaver was a true icon amongst his peers. He is famous for molding winning teams in Baltimore and his antics with umpires. I believe he was the best manager in his era. I will miss my conversations with the Earl of Baltimore."

Quotes by Earl Weaver

“The job of arguing with the umpire belongs to the manager, because it won't hurt the team if he gets thrown out of the game.”

"Bad ballplayers make good managers, not the other way around. All I can do is help them be as good as they are."

One the web

Earl Weaver's Hall of Fame Induction Speech transcript, a video tribute and his Hall of Fame plaque appear online at www.baseballhall.org/hof/weaver-earl