On Friday night, former Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver passed away at age 82.
Toward the end of his managerial career, with whom all of eighteen seasons was spent with the O’s [specifically, he was manager between 1968-82, and again from mid-1985 until 1986], Weaver, who was inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1996, had been a baseball analyst for ABC. Here he is with Howard Cosell and Al Michaels in the intro of a game of the 1983 World Series, which pitted the Orioles against the Philadelphia Phillies:
Weaver also worked the National League Championship Series for ABC the following year (Chicago Cubs/San Diego Padres – first NLCS in franchise history for the Pods) with Don Drysdale and Reggie Jackson. Joe Altobelli, who had replaced Weaver on the O’s bench in 1983, had been fired in May 1985; after Cal Ripken, Sr. took over on an interim basis, Weaver once again took the reins in late June of that year, effectively putting a kibosh on his brief broadcasting career.
During his reign as O’s skipper, Weaver, known for his vulgar language and confrontational style on the mound when arguing with umpires, also hosted a radio program on the local Orioles affiliate called “Manager’s Corner.” One particularly raw edition, which had actually been recorded behind the scenes and did not air live, had gone viral through the years:
And here’s Weaver in one of his final public media appearances – during the Orioles’ playoff run last season. Earl explained why he was not going to interfere with the recent incarnation of “Orioles Magic.”