Beloved Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver has passed away at the age of 82, the Washington Post reports. He passed away at 2 a.m. January 19 while on vacation on a Orioles’ fantasy cruise in the Caribbean Sea, according to the team.
Weaver had one of the top ten winning averages of any manager in the history of major league baseball. He managed the Orioles from 1968 through 1982, and then returned from 1985-1986. Weaver was known for his exuberance — in fact, he was kicked out of 98 games for arguing with umpires. He regularly for kicked dirt on the umpires and turned the brim of his cap backwards when he argued with them so that he could get as close as possible to their faces without actually touching them. He was disciplined with four multiple-game suspensions.
Occasionally, Weaver also worked as a color commentator for ABC television broadcasts. He co-hosted the radio program “Manager’s Corner” while working with the Orioles.
He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996. He is survived by his wife, Marianne.