The Baltimore Orioles lost one of their legends Friday night when World Series-champion manager Earl Weaver died.
The Earl of Baltimore is one of the most beloved figures in the city's sports history. He led the O's to American League pennants, six division titles and five 100-win seasons. He stepped down after the 1982 season, a year before the Orioles' most recent World Series appearance. Weaver returned to the dugout in the middle of the '85 season and managed through1986, retiring for good after a seventh-place finish.
Weaver was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1996. He won 1,480 games in his career for a .583 winning percentage, ninth-best in major-league history. Weaver never made the big leagues as a player, and never managed in the majors outsside of Baltimore. He was known fondly for getting into scrapes with umpires, and for his colorful language. This quote memorializes him in Cooperstown:
"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."