Weaver was the manager of the Baltimore Orioles for 17 seasons, making four World Series appearances and winning it all once.
Weaver was famous for arguing with umpires. I still remember highlights of his arguing being shown on This Week in Baseball when I was a kid. Only Bobby Cox and John McGraw were ejected more in their managerial careers than Weaver.
From Orioles owner, Peter Angelos:
“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. “This is a sad day for everyone who knew him and for all Orioles fans. Earl made his passion for the Orioles known both on and off the field. On behalf of the Orioles, I extend my condolences to his wife, Marianna, and to his family.
From Bud Selig:
“Earl was well known for being one of the game’s most colorful characters with a memorable wit, but he was also amongst its most loyal,” commissioner Bud Selig said. “On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to his wife, Marianna, their family and all Orioles fans.”
From Jeff Idelson”
“When you discuss our game’s motivational masters, Earl is a part of that conversation,” Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson said. “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.”
It is always a sad day in baseball when an icon passes and that’s what Weaver was. He expected perfection – whether it was from his players or the umpires. Rest in peace Earl.