1. Earl Weaver (1968-1982, 1985-1986)

He called himself “the sorest loser who ever lived,” and Weaver's 1,480 victories -- all as an Oriole -- attest to that. A master strategist, he stopped at nothing to win, from baiting umpires to tearing a base off its moorings to motivate his players.

Weaver's winning percentage (.583) ranks seventh in major league history. Five times his teams won at least 100 games. He swore at players and was ejected 98 times. But the Orioles won four AL pennants and the 1970 World Series on Weaver's watch. In his back pocket, the Hall of Fame manager carried a bulge of frayed index cards filled with, he said, “the minutiae of the American League on them.”

Upon Weaver's death in 2013, Orioles slugger Boog Powell said: “Whatever league is up there, I'm sure Earl has figured it out -- and the umpires are saying: ‘Oh, no, here he comes.'”

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