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Former Orioles manager Weaver dies at 82

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Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver died while on a cruise in the Caribbean early Saturday morning, according to the New York Daily News. He was 82.

Weaver was traveling on an Orioles fantasy cruise with his wife, Maryanne, when he collapsed in his room at 2 a.m. Saturday with her by his side.

Weaver won 1,480 games as the Orioles manager for 17 seasons, including four trips to the World Series and one title in 1970.

"Earl Weaver was a brilliant baseball man, a true tactician in the dugout and one of the key figures in the rich history of the Baltimore Orioles, the Club he led to four American League pennants and the 1970 World Series Championship," commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement. "Having known Earl throughout my entire career in the game, I have many fond memories of the Orioles and the Brewers squaring off as American League East rivals. Earl's managerial style proved visionary, as many people in the game adopted his strategy and techniques years later.

"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. On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to his wife, Marianne, their family and all Orioles fans."

His .583 winning percentage is fifth all-time among managers with at least 10 years of experience in the 20th century.

"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 in a statement.

Weaver was known for his confrontations with umpires and his philosophy of waiting for the three-run homer instead of manufacturing runs with bunts and stolen bases.

Although he was ejected from 91 games in his managerial career, he enjoyed five 100-win seasons, six American League East division championships and four AL pennants.

"This is a sad day for everyone who knew him and for all Orioles fans," Angelos said. "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."

After his No. 4 was retired, he made a comeback in 1985 and retired for good after the 1986 season, his only losing one. Weaver won Manager of the Year three times in posting a 1,480-1,060 record.

Weaver was inducted into the Hall of Famer in 1996, 10 years after he retired. He acknowledged at the time that his fiery episodes with umpires "probably hurt me" in delaying his entry into the Hall.

"I had a successful career, not necessarily a Hall of Fame career, but a successful one," he said after his comeback.
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