RIP Earl Weaver

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More than just that red-faced guy whose neck vein bulged when he was getting tossed; a sabermetric manager.,0,1452570.story

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 19 January 2013 15:30 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, he definitely deserves his own RIP thread. One of the greats, no doubt. Among many other things, "if you play for one run, that's all you'll get" is one of my favourite baseball quotes and probably the best one-sentence summary of baseball strategy ever.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Saturday, 19 January 2013 16:30 (nine years ago) link

Such a great man, and so central to my early years as a fan--his segment in Baseball, set to the Youngbloods' "Get Together," is beautiful. From Roger Angell's piece on the '69 Series:

Later, in his quiet office, Earl Weaver was asked by a reporter if he hadn't thought that the Orioles would hold on to their late lead in the last game and thus bring the Series back to Baltimore and maybe win it there. Weaver took a sip of beer and smiled and said, "No, that's what you can never do in baseball. You can't sit on a lead and run a few plays into the line and just kill the clock. You've got to throw the ball over the goddamn plate and give the other man his chance. That's why baseball is the greatest game of them all."

clemenza, Saturday, 19 January 2013 16:54 (nine years ago) link

clemenza, Saturday, 19 January 2013 17:00 (nine years ago) link

I don't remember him as an active manager, but I played this a lot as a kid:

jaymc, Saturday, 19 January 2013 17:03 (nine years ago) link

xpost wow I didn't know that quote was from the '69 Series!

NoTimeBeforeTime, Saturday, 19 January 2013 19:43 (nine years ago) link

"On my tombstone just write, 'The sorest loser that ever lived.'"

#guy #guy fieri #poop #hallway (zachlyon), Saturday, 19 January 2013 19:58 (nine years ago) link

I can never hear Earl's name and not chuckle at this. and wonder if Alice Sweet ever got those tomato plants sorted out

Stormy Davis, Sunday, 20 January 2013 04:47 (nine years ago) link

^"Terry Crowley's lucky he's in fuckin' baseball"

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 20 January 2013 16:11 (nine years ago) link

Here's something that surprised me a few years ago, when I discovered it: Weaver did not eschew the small-ball strategies, at least not all of them, early in his managerial career....
from 1969 through '71, Earl Weaver was one of the buntingest managers in the whole American League. The Orioles were credited with 223 sacrifice hits in those seasons. That was good for fourth in the league, and just four bunts behind the Angels and the A's in second place.

But Weaver changed in the 1970s. His other best three seasons were 1978 through '80, in which the O's recorded only 125 sacrifice hits, easily the fewest in the league.

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 22 January 2013 23:01 (nine years ago) link

Christina Kahrl remembers a day with Earl:

saltwater incursion (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 30 January 2013 18:40 (eight years ago) link

eight years pass...

still classic

not up to Aerosmith standards (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 14 July 2021 02:53 (six months ago) link

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