The New York Daily News is reporting that longtime Orioles manager Earl Weaver suffered a heart attack early Saturday morning while on an Orioles fantasy cruise in the Caribbean. He collapsed and was unable to be revived.
Weaver guided his teams to six division titles, four American League pennants and the World Series championship in 1970. He often said the secret to his success was “pitching, defense and the three-run homer.”
Also known for his fiery demeanor, Weaver regularly argued with umpires and the unofficial tally of his ejections is estimated to be close to 100. Many of his legendary run-ins with the men in blue included Weaver kicking dirt and turning his hat backward when things really got heated, and many such incidents resulted in suspensions.
In addition to clashing with the umpires, Weaver also had his share of differences with his own players. The most famous of whom was Hall of Fame righthander Jim Palmer.
Weaver was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996.