Earl Weaver's Greatest Managerial Moments

Alex SnyderContributor IIJanuary 31, 2013

Earl Weaver's Greatest Managerial Moments

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    The baseball world lost one of the greatest managers in its history on Jan. 19, 2013, when Earl Weaver passed away at the age of 82.

    The former Baltimore Orioles manager was known for many things during his time spent guiding his team to winning season after winning season, such as his fiery temper and his consistent "wait for the three-run homer" philosophy.

    His approach and strategical brilliance led to great success for his Orioles, as he finished his career with a record of 1,480-1,060, four AL pennants, one World Series title and only one losing season—his final one.

    Weaver will be missed by all baseball fans but will be remembered fondly for his personality and his accomplishments on the field. Here are a few.

Career Ejections

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    I realize this is more than just one moment—98, to be exact—but it's necessary to write about whenever the topic is The Earl of Baltimore.

    Yes, Weaver was ejected 98 times in his career, which is an AL record.

    And Weaver was never just ejected. No, he had to make sure he let whichever umpire he was dealing with know exactly how he felt, right down to the last swear word in the book.

    During his tirades, Weaver was known for a few different signature behaviors. As mentioned above, he'd curse up a storm, and one of his favorite things to do was to use the bill of his hat to peck at an umpire. He'd often kick dirt onto the shoes of an ump. Sometimes he would turn his hat backwards so he could get his face as close to the ump as possible while he yelled at him.

    Yep, that was Earl. He made everyone in Baltimore proud.

World Series Appearances

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    When Weaver first became a manager, he guided the Orioles to the World Series in each of his first three full seasons.

    In 1969, his team lost to the New York Mets, but in returning to the Series in 1970, his O's were able to finish the job against the Cincinnati Reds and bring home a title. In 1971, the team returned to the World Series yet again, only to lose to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Taking your team to the World Series in each of your first three seasons is no small feat, and even though Weaver would only see the Fall Classic once more in his career (Baltimore lost yet again to the Pirates in the 1979 World Series), what Earl managed to do was quite incredible.

    The Orioles knew they had something special in Earl when they saw what he did in his first three seasons.

Five 100-Win Seasons

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    The title of the slide pretty much says it all: Earl Weaver lead the Orioles to five seasons in which they won 100 games or more.

    Winning 100 games in a single season is a clear sign of dominance in the baseball world, and seeing as how Weaver managed to accomplish that feat five times, well, that's pretty impressive.

    Like his three World Series appearances to start his career, he also won more than 100 games in each of those first three full seasons.

    And, as mentioned in the introduction slide, Earl's only losing season came in his last, 1986, when after three years away, he attempted to make a comeback as a manager.

The Cigarette Ejection

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    One of the things that Earl Weaver is most famous for is the cigarette ejection incident.

    In 1969, when the O's were playing the Twins in Minneapolis, one of the umpires noticed Weaver was smoking a cigarette in the dugout during the first inning of play. Smoking in the dugout was against the rules, but was something that wasn't enforced very often.

    The umpire ejected Weaver, and of course the incident was something that got under Weaver's skin. In an effort to show the umpire up, the very next day Weaver brought his lineup card out with a candy cigarette dangling from his mouth. He was ejected for that, too.

    That was the type of personality that Weaver was.


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