Earl Weaver, long-time manager of the Baltimore Orioles, passed away at the age of 82. Anyone who ever lived the Baltimore or Washington area or followed baseball anytime from the late 60’s well into the 80’s knows about the Duke of Earl, who believe the key to winning was “pitching, defense and the 3-run homer.” He was the first big stats guy. At one point he tracked the Orioles won-loss record when they wore orange shirts (not good) and decided to ban them. He was also famous for going nose-to-nose with umpires and frequently getting tossed.
Here’s today’s writeup from Orioles.com.