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January 24, 2013

Hall remembers two of their own

The plaques of two baseball hall of famers have been adorned with flowers at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and museum.

The number of living members has dropped from 62 to 60. Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver died at age 82 on Friday and Hall of Fame outfielder Stan Musial died at age 92 on Saturday.

Weaver, who was ejected from more ballgames than any other manager in American League history, died while on a Caribbean cruise. The skipper of the Baltimore Orioles for 17 seasons was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996. He led the team to a World Series title in 1970 and three other American League pennants in 1969, 1971 and 1979.

He recorded a 1,480-1,060 record (.583 winning percentage) as a major league manager. At the time of his election in 1996, he was the 13th major league manager in history elected to the baseball shrine.

According to Chairwoman of the Hall of Fame Jane Forbes Clark, Weaver was one of the most colorful personalities and fearless leaders the game has ever known.

“He managed with intensity, flair and an acerbic wit that made him a legend in Baltimore and among baseball fans everywhere. He will be deeply missed in Cooperstown. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Marianna, and the entire Weaver family,” she said in a media release.

Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson said in the release: “When you discuss our game’s motivational masters, Earl is a part of that conversation. He was a proven leader in the dugout and loved being a Hall of Famer. Though small in stature, he was a giant as a manager, especially among Oriole fans, who lovingly referred to him as ‘The Earl of Baltimore.’”

Weaver has been known to say the job of arguing with the umpire belongs to the manager because it won’t hurt the team if he gets thrown out of the game. He once said, “Bad ballplayers make good managers, not the other way around. All I can do is help them be as good as they are.”

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