Earl Weaver, St. Louis Native and Fiery Orioles Manager, Dies

Earl Weaver (Courtesy Baltimore Orioles)

Earl Weaver (Courtesy Baltimore Orioles)

(KTVI)- Earl Weaver, the fiery former manager of the Baltimore Orioles, has died at the age of 82. He reportedly died early Saturday after collapsing during an Orioles-sponsored Caribbean cruise. The cause of death was not immediately revealed.

Weaver took the Orioles into the World Series four times over 17 seasons but won only one title, in 1970. His teams won 1,480 games giving him a .583 winning percentage. Known for arguing with the umpires, he was ejected 91 times, including once in both games of a doubleheader.

Weaver was born in St. Louis, attended Beaumont High School, and spent 13 years in the St. Louis Cardinals organization, but never made it to the majors as a player.

He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.

Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig released a statement on the passing Earl Weaver. It reads in part, “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.”

He went on to send his condolences to his Weaver’s wife, family, and all Orioles fans.