Heaven can wait, says Weaver

The New York Times said he was dead. But Earl Weaver, the Orioles’ former manager, says it will take more than a story in the newspaper to see him off.

Weaver, 80, is alive and kicking – though with less animation than he did around umpires – despite a Times’ piece on Saturday that put him six feet under.

The story, a political column by Ross Ramsey, began:

“Texas Democrats have become the Baltimore Orioles of politics. Somewhere in heaven, Earl Weaver and (former Texas governor) Ann Richards are comparing notes on what went wrong with the teams they left behind.”

Reached today at his home in Florida, Weaver denied the allegations.

“I’ll be damned,” said the Hall of Famer, who managed the Orioles to four American League pennants and a World Series title. “All I can do is say, that’s false.

“I’m still here, although my knees have given out, so I don’t play golf anymore. I’ve always said that there were two places that I wouldn’t mind dying. One was Memorial Stadium; the other, the golf course.

“Now I’ve got to wait forever [to go], because both of those places are gone.”

As for the Times’ error, the paper printed a correction on Sunday.

Baltimore Sun photo of Earl Weaver by Lloyd Fox / June 26, 2010

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