Hall of Famer Earl Weaver Dead

Former Orioles manager was 82

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 19, 2013 10:07 AM CST

(Newser) – Legendary Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver is dead at age 82, and if three words can sum up his career, the hometown Sun has them: "cantankerous baseball wizard." The Hall of Famer turned the Orioles into a powerhouse in the late '60s and throughout the 1970s, though he won only one World Series (1970), notes ESPN. He died aboard a cruise ship. Weaver's death means there's a decent chance this legendary radio clip—featuring outrageously over-the-top swearing by Weaver—will be making the rounds today. Not to spoil the fun, but it was a prank by Weaver and his co-host, as a Sun columnist pointed out a few years back.

In this 1974 file photo, Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver protests a call by home plate umpire Marty Springstead.   (AP Photo/File)
In this Oct. 6, 1969, file photo, Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver, right, and outfielder Frank Robinson celebrate following their team's 11-2 win over the Minnesota Twins for the American League...   (AP Photo/File)
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