Weaver craves Cooperstown plaque Extra innings


SARASOTA, Fla. -- Earl Weaver described himself as "thrilled" upon learning he had made the Veterans Committee's short list of candidates for nomination to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The ex-Orioles manager is one of 15 candidates who will be considered in the non-playing category, which also includes those who participated in the old Negro League. A like number of former players are also on the ballot submitted by the screening committee.

"Some people have asked me about it, but this is the first time I knew anything about it," Weaver said from his home in southern Florida. "Naturally, I'm thrilled that I'm at least being considered.

"When you consider how few managers are in, it's an honor just to be compared to the best that ever lived. I'd love to go to Cooperstown and see a plaque with Earl Weaver's name on it some day. But when you consider that only one can make it off that list -- it's tough, which is the way it should be.

"It makes you realize what an honor it is just to be considered."

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