My photo
AllStarInc represents Hall of Fame members, Heisman Trophy Winners, and All-Stars from all sports in negotiating and securing appearance and endorsement opportunities. Our representatives provide special individualized attention not available through some of the larger agencies. We are sports marketing experts who will maximize your chances of a long and successful career, both on and off the field. If you are a retired player from any sport seeking appearance and endorsement opportunities, AllStarInc has the winning combination to help you with achieve your goals. Please visit our website at for more information.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Duke of Earl Called Home

Earl Weaver (
One of the winningest coaches in Major League Baseball never made it out of the minors as a player.  After spending thirteen seasons in the minor league farm system, Earl Weaver called it quits as a player and began what turned out to be a legendary career as a major league coach and manager with the Baltimore Orioles.
After a short stint with the Knoxville Smokies, the Orioles hired Weaver as the manager of their Fitzgerald club in 1957, moving him around the minors until 1968 when he was brought up to the majors as the Orioles' first-base coach.  In what was a glimpse of things to come, Weaver racked up 841 wins and 697 defeats and three championships as a minor league manager. 

He didn’t stay at the first base coach job very long.  By July, he was the man in charge of the Orioles and his success in the minors transferred to the majors as the Orioles won six Eastern Division titles, four AL pennants, and the 1970 World Series.  In addition to this fete, Weaver and his Orioles won 100+ games in five separate seasons (1969, 1970, 1971, 1979, and 1980).

While Weaver’s skill as a manager is undisputed, it was his sharp wit and hot temper that brought him the most fame.  Ejected from over 90 regular season games during his career, he was also suspended from multiple games four times.  Weaver never shied away from sticking his face right into an umpire’s to dispute a call, baseball cap turned backwards, kicking dirt on them, and getting as close to them as he could without actually touching them.  His philosophy on challenging the umpires was simple:  “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.”  And thrown out he was:  according to the Baseball Almanac (, Weaver was ejected 98 times in his career, the most of any American League manager.  He is second only to Bobby Cox of the National League’s Atlanta Braves who has been thrown out 158 times.

As if the call challenges weren’t enough, Weaver had to add insult to injury with his biting sense of humor towards the abilities of the umpires.  When one umpire offered to lend him his rule book, Weaver told him he would get his own because he couldn’t read Braille.  Thrown out of game for smoking a cigarette in the dugout, Weaver got tossed the next day for approaching the same umpire with a candy cigarette dangling from his mouth.  And his barbs weren’t only directed towards the umpires.  In his famous battles with Hall of Fame pitcher, Jim Palmer, Weaver is quoted as saying he gave Palmer “more chances than my ex-wife.”

Despite his belief that his antics on the field would hurt his chances at being nominated to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Weaver was inducted in 1996.  His #4 Orioles jersey was retired on September 19, 1982.  Weaver died earlier today at the age of 82.

In an October 6, 1982 Washington Post interview, Weaver said, “On my tombstone, just write ‘The sorest loser who ever lived.’”  And I hope they remember to add one of the greatest baseball managers ever.

copyright 2013 Korinne M Jackman ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

No comments:

Post a Comment