Weaver managed the Orioles from 1968-1982 and 1985-1986, and he lead the Orioles to four AL pennants and one World Series title in 1970. Earl was best known for his flamboyant arguments with umpires where he kicked dirt on them because it was easy for Earl to show his frustration towards the umpires. However, Earl also pioneered both the use of radar guns to record pitcher's velocities and index cards on pitcher vs. hitter matchups long before computers were able to produce that information statistically. Weaver was a pioneer for the game, and his philosophy of good defense, great pitching and the three run homer still reign's supreme as the present day Orioles seem to follow that same philosophy.
Earl finished his career with a 1,480-1,060 record and his win percentage of .583 is the best of any manager who started after 1960. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996. Weaver's legacy will never be forgotten to the person he was as a manager and an ambassador for the game. His contributions for baseball, the city of Baltimore, and anyone who he ever came across, will long be remembered. Thanks to the bronze statue that now sits in the courtyard beyond the bullpen in Camden Yards, Earl will always be looking over his Baltimore Orioles and waiting for that three run homer to come his way.
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