O’s Honor Late, Great Earl Of Baltimore With Special Pre-Game Celebration
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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — One of Baltimore’s most popular Orioles was honored at Camden Yards Saturday. Earl Weaver passed away earlier this year.
Adam May reports fans and players celebrated the fiery manager.
Earl Weaver was the winningest manager in the history of the Orioles. He led the team to four World Series, winning in 1970.
Fans loved his fiery passion. He ejected 91 times in 17 seasons before retiring in 1986.
Now, three months after his death, players and fans celebrate Weaver at Camden Yards.
“As a kid I remember Earl turning his hat backwards out there with umpires, kicking the dirt on home plate,” said O’s fan Jim Shuey.
“Scrappy, just like Baltimore,” said Wilhelmina Hardgrave.
“He was one of my heroes. I was a huge Oriole fan when I was younger and he was just a great, great manager,” said Dave Snyder.
Just last summer, Weaver was honored with a bronze statue. Teammates share memories:
“We all butted heads with Earl every once in a while, but we admired him. That’s for sure,” said Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson.
“Earl showed me so much compassion, so much understanding, and he was willing to stick with me,” said Cal Ripken Jr.
Weaver showed his softer side when he entered the Hall of Fame in 1991.
“I’m proud of the fact I spent my whole Major League career in one city, and for that, I’d like to thank the wonderful fans of Baltimore for letting me stay,” he said.