Earl Weaver, the Orioles' irascible, chain-smoking, umpire-baiting manager who led the team to four American League pennants and the 1970 world championship in his 17 years here, died Friday night while on an Orioles-themed cruise.
Earl Weaver was a reporters dream-come-true. If you were a young columnist covering the Orioles in the early 80s, as I was for the old Evening Sun, you couldn't ask to be around a more colorful manager.
The Earl of Baltimore loved players who got on base and hit home runs. He abhorred small-ball strategies that wasted outs. He trumpeted these theories long before Billy Beane brought them into Hollywood vogue.
It was the Orioles' final regular season series in Tampa Bay -- three October games that precluded the team¿s first playoff berth in 15 years ¿ and I was sitting in Orioles manager Buck Showalter¿s office in the visiting clubhouse of Tropicana Field.
Deputy Cpl. Charles B. Licato, a 14-year veteran of the sheriff's office was killed in a single vehicle accident near Darlington. Black bunting adorned the three Harford County Sheriff's Office buildings in Bel Air, Edgewood and Jarrettsville.
How cold will it be Saturday night, when the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants meet in the Motor City for Game 3 of the World Series? Forty-three degrees, with temperatures dipping into the upper 30s. The 1979 Orioles had it worse.
Bottom line: Hale may not get hired. And that would be a plus for the Orioles. But those who have worked with him in Baltimore hope he gets it, even if it would mean competing against him 18 times a year.
With his team in the playoffs and fans loving the statues he commissioned to celebrate past Orioles greats, Peter Angelos is encountering more public good will than he has in 15 years. But the Orioles owner has still chosen to remain out of the spotlight.
If the term "mob scene" could be applied to a joyous event, such as that of a beloved local ballplayer being immortalized with a bronze statue of his likeness being installed at the park where he spent half of his Hall of Fame career, then the scene at Camden Yards on Thursday, when Cal Ripken Jr.'s long-awaited sculpture was unveiled to the public for the first time, would be it.
New Orioles Hall of Famer Rich Dauer had to take time off from his job as third base coach for the Colorado Rockies to attend the Hall of Fame celebration this weekend at Camden Yards, but he wouldn¿t have missed it for the world.
The Orioles are considering moving left-handed starter Brian Matsuz -- who was sent down to Triple-A Norfolk earlier this month -- to the Tides' bullpen after lefty reliever Troy Patton landed on the disabled list Tuesday with a sprained right ankle.
Jim Palmer became the third Orioles great to be immortalized in bronze and put on display in the Garden of Greats behind center field at Camden Yards on Saturday afternoon, joining Frank Robinson and Earl Weaver and awaiting the arrival of Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken and Brooks Robinson later this season.
While rookie right-hander Miguel Gonzalez stole the spotlight with seven innings of one-run, three-hit ball, outfielder Steve Pearce provided all of the Orioles offense, hitting a three-run homer off left-hander C.J. Wilson.