Bud Selig, baseball commissioner

“Earl Weaver was a brilliant baseball man, a true tactician in the dugout and one of the key figures in the rich history of the Baltimore Orioles, the Club he led to four American League pennants and the 1970 World Series Championship.  Having known Earl throughout my entire career in the game, I have many fond memories of the Orioles and the Brewers squaring off as American League East rivals.  Earl’s managerial style proved visionary, as many people in the game adopted his strategy and techniques years later.   

“Earl was well known for being one of the game’s most colorful characters with a memorable wit, but he was also amongst its most loyal.  On behalf of Major League Baseball, I send my deepest condolences to his wife, Marianne, their family and all Orioles fans.”


Martin O'Malley, Governor of Maryland

“I am saddened to learn of the passing of Earl Weaver, a beloved Baltimore legend, a pioneer, and one of the greatest baseball managers of our time.

“As manager, many will remember Earl for ushering in a new era of success for the Baltimore Orioles. In 17 seasons as manager, he led the O's to four World Series - including the memorable World Championship victory of 1970. Though we will miss him dearly, he will always be remembered for his passion for baseball and his spirited dedication to the Orioles and the City of Baltimore.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”


Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Baltimore mayor

“Weaver helped to develop a smarter way of playing baseball and built a team that was competitive for decades.”

“Today, my prayers are with the Weaver family, the Orioles, and the generations of fans who loved his unique character and shared great memories on 33rd Street,” she said.

 

Yogi Berra, Hall of Fame former New York Yankees catcher

“Earl was a fun guy and a pretty shrewd manager. He always said what he thought and try to beat you any way he could. Earl was great for Baltimore, for sure. He was great for baseball.”


Mike Gibbons, executive director of the Sports Legends Museum

"Much as Ray Lewis is the heart and soul of Baltimore Ravens football, Earl Weaver was the pride and passion of Orioles baseball. His storied career as one of the game's all time managers was punctuated by a fiery enthusiasm and a winning strategy of good pitching and the three run homer. His retirement following the last game of the 1982 season was perhaps the emotional zenith of Baltimore Orioles baseball, and one of our city's all time sports moments." - Mike Gibbons, executive director of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation."


Jim Presley, Orioles hitting coach,  who played against Weaver as a player with Seattle

“I remember him at the old stadium. I knew it was going to be old school when Earl was there, when he had his tomatoes in left field. I just remember him being real fiery. He’d come out and argue on everything. … He’d be around BP and he’d talk to ya. He was a really nice man, but, boy he was fiery when that ballgame started. I mean, he would come out there for anything. He’d be out there. But it was fun watching him.”


Jane Forbes Clark, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum chair

“Earl 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.”

Jeff Idelson, National Baseball Hall of Fame president

“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.’”