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Encyclopedia > Earl Weaver
Earl Weaver
Earl Weaver
Manager
Born: July 14, 1930 (1930-07-14) (age 77)
Batted: n/a Threw: n/a
MLB debut
July 7, 1968
for the Baltimore Orioles
Final game
October 5, 1986
for the Baltimore Orioles
Career statistics
Total Games     2541
Wins     1480
Losses     1060
Teams

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Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
Baseball Hall of Fame
Elected     1996
Vote     Veterans' Committee

Earl Sidney Weaver (born August 14, 1930 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a former Major League Baseball manager. He spent his entire managerial career with the Baltimore Orioles, managing the club from 1968-1982 and 1985-1986. Between his stints as manager Weaver served as a color commentator for ABC television, calling the 1983 World Series (which included the Orioles) along with Al Michaels and Howard Cosell. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 5, 8, 20, 22, 33, 42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1968 throughout the world. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 13 - Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson become the 12th and 13th players elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in their first year of eligibility. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 7 - Outfielder Lou Brock and knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Willie McCovey is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and becomes the 16th player elected in his first year of eligibility. ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1969 throughout the world. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1970 throughout the world. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 31 - The new Special Veterans Committee selects seven men for enshrinement to the Hall of Fame: former players Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard, and executive George Weiss. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1979 throughout the world. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... The 1970 World Series was between the Cincinnati Reds and the Baltimore Orioles, with the Orioles winning in five games. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1996 throughout the world. ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1930 (MCMXXX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display 1930 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Missouri Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor Francis G. Slay (D) Area  - City  66. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... New York Yankees manager Joe Torre returning to the dugout (September 2005). ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4, 5, 8, 20, 22, 33, 42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1968 throughout the world. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 13 - Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson become the 12th and 13th players elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America in their first year of eligibility. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 7 - Outfielder Lou Brock and knuckleballer Hoyt Wilhelm are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 8 - Willie McCovey is the only player elected this year to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and becomes the 16th player elected in his first year of eligibility. ... A color commentator (colour commentator in Canada), sometimes known as a color analyst, is a member of the broadcasting team for a sporting event who assists the play-by-play announcer by filling in any time when play is not in progress. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... Dates: October 11 – October 16 MVP: Rick Dempsey (Baltimore) Television: ABC Announcers: Al Michaels, Howard Cosell and Earl Weaver Umpires: Marty Springstead (AL), Ed Vargo (NL), Al Clark (AL), Frank Pulli (NL), Steve Palermo (AL), Dutch Rennert (NL) ALCS: Baltimore Orioles over Chicago White Sox (3-1) NLCS: Philadelphia Phillies... Alan Richard Michaels (born November 12, 1944) is an American television sportscaster. ... Howard William Cosell, born Howard William Cohen (March 25, 1918 – April 23, 1995) was an American sports journalist on American television. ...


During his tenure as manager, the Orioles won six Eastern Division titles, four American League pennants, and a World Series championship. Weaver's managerial record is 1,480-1,060 (.583), including 100+ win seasons in 1969(109), 1970(108), 1971(101), 1979(102), and 1980(100). His only major league team with a winning percentage of less than .500 was the 1986 Orioles. American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... The 1970 World Series was between the Cincinnati Reds and the Baltimore Orioles, with the Orioles winning in five games. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ...


Weaver holds the dubious distinction of being ejected from more games than anyone in American League history, with 97 ejections to his credit and is well known for the humor that often accompanied the ejections. During one particular tirade with an umpire, Weaver headed to the dugout screaming, "I'm going to check the rule-book on that" to which the umpire replied "here, use mine." Weaver shot back "that's no good - I can't read Braille." He was also notorious for giving profanity-laced interviews. Braille code where the word (, French for first) can be read. ...


Weaver was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996. The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... The following are the baseball events of the year 1996 throughout the world. ...


Weaver's nickname was the Earl of Baltimore. He also wrote a book called Weaver on Strategy. This article or section seems to contain too many examples (or of a poor quality) for an encyclopedia entry. ...


Weaver's managerial philosophy, outlined in Weaver on Strategy, is oft-quoted as "Pitching, Defense, and the Three Run Homer". Weaver eschewed the use of so-called "inside baseball" tactics such as the stolen base, the hit and run, or the sacrifice bunt, preferring a patient approach ("waiting for the home run"), saying "If you play for one run, that's all you'll get" and "On offense, your most precious possessions are your 27 outs". Weaver claims to have never had a sign for the hit and run, citing that the play makes both the baserunner and the hitter vulnerable, as the baserunner is susceptible to being caught stealing and the hitter is required to swing at any pitch thrown. The all-time stolen base leader, Rickey Henderson, swipes third in 1988. ... A hit and run is a play in baseball where the baserunners are put in motion before the ball is hit. ... In baseball, a sacrifice hit is the act of deliberately striking the ball in a manner that allows a runner on base to advance to another base, while the batter is himself put out. ... A hit and run is a play in baseball where the baserunners are put in motion before the ball is hit. ... Theft (also known as stealing) is, in general, the wrongful taking of someone elses property without that persons willful consent. ...


Weaver made extensive use of statistics to create matchups that were favorable either for his batter or his pitcher. He had various notebooks with all sorts of splits and head-to-head numbers for his batters and against his pitchers and would assemble his lineups according to the matchups he had. For example, despite the fact that Gold Glove shortstop Mark Belanger was an inept hitter by any objective standard, in 19 plate appearances he hit .625 with a .684 on-base percentage and .625 slugging percentage against Jim Kern and would be slotted high in the lineup when facing him. Similarly, Boog Powell, the 1970 American League MVP, hit a meager .178/.211/.278 against Mickey Lolich over 96 plate appearances and would be substituted for, possibly with a hitter like Chico Salmon, who hit a much more acceptable .300/.349/.400 against the same pitcher. In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... The position of the shortstop Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. ... Mark Henry Belanger (June 8, 1944 - October 6, 1998) was an American Major League Baseball player. ... In baseball statistics, a player has a plate appearance (denoted by PA) every time he: Has an at bat (AB) Receives a base on balls (BB) Receives a hit by pitch (HBP) Hits a sacrifice fly (SF) Hits a sacrifice bunt (SH) Reaches base because of interference A batter does... John Wesley Powell (born August 17, 1941 in Lakeland, Florida) is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Baltimore Orioles (1961-74), Cleveland Indians (1975-76) and Los Angeles Dodgers (1977). ... In American sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... Michael Stephen Lolich (born September 12, 1940 in Portland, Oregon) was a baseball pitcher in the Major Leagues from 1962 until 1979, playing the majority of his career with the Detroit Tigers. ... Ruthford Eduardo Chico Salmon (born December 3, 1940 in Colon, Panama; died September 17, 2000 in Bocas Del Toro, Panama) was an American baseball player for the Cleveland Indians and Baltimore Orioles from 1964 through 1972. ...


Weaver made expert use of the bench. In the Oriole teams of the late 1970s and early 1980s, Weaver made frequent use of platoons, with the most obvious example being the use of Gary Roenicke and John Lowenstein in left field, absent affordable full-time solutions. Weaver also exploited a loophole in the Designated Hitter rule by listing a starting pitcher as a DH so as not to lose a hitter should the opposing pitcher be ineffective or get injured before it was the DH's turn in the batting order. A rule was created to stop the use this tactic, allegedly (by Weaver) because it was distorting pinch-hitting statistics. Look up bench in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The platoon system in baseball is a method of designating two players to a single defensive position -- usually one right-handed and one left-handed. ... Gary Steven Roenicke (born in Covina, California on December 5, 1954) was an Outfielder for the Montreal Expos (1976), Baltimore Orioles (1978-85), New York Yankees (1986) and Atlanta Braves (1987-88). ... John Lee Lowenstein (born January 27, 1947 in Wolf Point, Montana), is a former professional baseball player who played in the Major Leagues primarily as an outfielder from 1970-1985. ... This article or section needs additional references or sources to improve its verifiability. ...


Weaver pioneered the use of radar guns to track the velocity of pitches during the 1972 spring training season.


Weaver also insisted that his players maintain a professional appearance at all times. He allowed mustaches, but not beards, and, as a rule, players had to wear a suit or jacket and tie onboard an airplane for a road trip.


In 1987 Weaver provided the AI for the computer game Earl Weaver Baseball, which was published by Electronic Arts. The game was one of the precursors of the EA Sports line. Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Garry Kasparov playing against Deep Blue, the first machine to win a chess game against a reigning world champion. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Earl Weaver Baseball is a baseball computer simulation game (1987), designed by Don Daglow and Eddie Dombrower and published by Electronic Arts. ... Electronic Arts (EA) (NASDAQ: ERTS) is an American developer, marketer, publisher, and distributor of computer and video games. ... current EA Sports logo EA Sports is a brand name used by Electronic Arts since 1993 to distribute games based on sports. ...


Weaver the player was a right-handed hitting and throwing second baseman in the farm system of the St. Louis Cardinals who never played an inning of Major League Baseball. His Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer, who battled with Weaver on a regular basis, once noted: "The only thing that Earl knows about pitching is he couldn't hit it." After Palmer's skills began to decline and he was no longer a regular starter, Weaver defended his actions by claiming he'd given Palmer "more chances than my ex-wife." He has also directed such a remark at Mike Cuellar, ace of the 1969 staff. The position of the second baseman Second base redirects here. ... The farm system is a slang term used in baseball to refer to the systematic control or ownership of minor league baseball clubs by major league teams, who move players from the lowest to the highest classification as they gain experience and enjoy success at each level. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... MLB and Major Leagues redirect here. ... James Alvin Palmer (born October 15, 1945 in New York, NY), best known as Jim Palmer and nicknamed Cakes, is a former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher who played his entire career for the Baltimore Orioles (1965-1984). ... Miguel Angel Cuellar Santana (born May 8, 1937 in Santa Clara, Cuba), best known as Mike Cuellar (coo-Eh-yar), is a former left-handed starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who spent most of his career with the Baltimore Orioles. ...


Weaver joined the Orioles in 1957 as skipper of their Fitzgerald club in the Class D Georgia-Florida League, where his team finished nine games under .500; he would never again have a losing season as a minor league pilot. He was promoted to the Orioles as their first-base coach in 1968, and spent a half-season in that role before taking the managerial reins in July. Fitzgerald is a city located in Ben Hill County, Georgia. ... The Georgia-Florida League was a low-level circuit in American minor league baseball that existed from 1935 through 1958 (suspending operations during World War II) and in 1962-63. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Minor League Baseball. ... In the baseball game, the coach is a member of the team at bat stationed near first or third base to signal and direct the runners and batters. ... The following are the baseball events of the year 1968 throughout the world. ...


External links

arguing with an umpire, and being ejected from the game


Sources

  • [3] - Mark Belanger's line against Jim Kern.
  • [4] - Boog Powell's lines against pitchers, minimum 50 PA
  • [5] - Chico Salmon's line against Mickey Lolich
Preceded by
Hank Bauer
Baltimore Orioles Manager
1968-1982
Succeeded by
Joe Altobelli
Preceded by
Joe Altobelli
Baltimore Orioles Manager
1985-1986
Succeeded by
Cal Ripken, Sr.

  Results from FactBites:
 
Earl Weaver - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (847 words)
Weaver eschewed the use of so-called "inside baseball" tactics such as the stolen base, the hit-and-run, or the sacrifice bunt, preferring a patient approach ("waiting for the homerun"), saying "If you play for one run, that's all you'll get" and "On offense, your most precious possessions are your 27 outs".
Weaver claims to have never had a sign for the hit-and-run, citing that the play makes both the baserunner and the hitter vulnerable, as the baserunner is susceptible to being caught stealing and the hitter is required to swing at any pitch thrown.
Weaver joined the Orioles in 1957 as skipper of their Fitzgerald club in the Class D Georgia-Florida League, where his team finished nine games under.500; he would never again have a losing season as a minor league pilot.
The Ballplayers - Earl Weaver 1930 | BaseballLibrary.com (611 words)
Weaver managed his club to two more divisional championships in 1973 and 1974, mainly on the strength of a superb pitching staff, but lost to the A's in both league championship series.
Weaver won his last pennant in 1979 when the Orioles won 102 games, but again was victimized by Pittsburgh in the Series, losing a seven-game heartbreaker after leading three-games-to-one.
Weaver came back to manage the Orioles midway through the 1985 season (taking over for Joe Altobelli, Weaver for the second time in his career replaced an Orioles' manager who had won a World Championship just two years prior).
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