N2K: Quotes by and about Earl Weaver

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“On my tombstone just write, ‘The sorest loser that ever lived.'” – Earl Weaver

The baseball world is minus one of its greats today as Earl Weaver, the HOF Orioles manager has died at 82. He was a brilliant visionary and great tactician during his managerial career that resulted in a record of 1480-1060.  Weaver holds the AL record with 98 ejections, Bobby Cox the all-time record with 132. Joe McCarthy and Earl Weaver are the only two managers who never played a single Major League ballgame that are enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

Here’s Nine to Know about Earl Weaver through quotes

  1. “I never got many questions about my managing. I tried to get twenty-five guys who didn’t ask questions.” – Earl Weaver
  2. “The only thing Earl (Weaver) knows about big-league pitching is that he couldn’t hit it.” – Jim Palmer
  3. “The job of arguing with the umpire belongs to the manager, because it won’t hurt the team if he gets thrown out of the game.” – Earl Weaver
  4. “The first-base ump called me safe and Earl Weaver came storming out of the dugout to argue the call. I watched the argument and said to myself: ‘Wow, that’s Earl Weaver. This is great.'” – Ted Cox
  5. “A manager’s job is simple. For 162 games, you try not to screw up all the smart stuff your organization did last December.” – Earl Weaver”Bad ballplayers make good managers, not the other way around” – Earl Weaver
  6. “What Ralph Houk did best was kick his cap. In a moment of anger, I once saw him kick it from home plate all the way out to second. That’s the record.” – Earl Weaver
  7. “I don’t think, in all the years I managed them, I ever spoke more than thirty words to Frank Robinson and Brooks Robinson.” – Earl Weaver
  8. “Dave (McNally) was an unbelievable competitor. He did it with cunning and intelligence. He loved to set you up with a change, fool you with that tremendous curve and then throw the fastball by you. Plus, he was 100% gentleman. He was the kind of guy you wanted your son to be.” – Earl Weaver
  9. “The key to winning baseball games is pitching, fundamentals, and three-run homers.” – Earl Weaver

“Earl Weaver stands alone as the greatest manager in the history of the Orioles organization and one of the greatest in the history of baseball. This is a sad day for everyone who knew him and for all Orioles fans. 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.” – Peter Angelos