(Baltimore) — Earl Weaver, the fiery Hall of Fame manager who won 1,480 games with the Baltimore Orioles, has died, the team says. He was 82.
The Duke of Earl, as he was affectionately known in Baltimore, took the Orioles into the World Series four times over 17 seasons but won only one title, in 1970. His .583 winning percentage ranks fifth among managers who served 10 or more seasons in the 20th century.
Weaver was a salty-tongued manager who preferred to wait for a three-run homer rather than manufacture a run with a stolen base or a bunt. While some baseball purists argued that strategy, no one could dispute the results.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says the city is mourning Weaver's passing. She says Weaver's teams brought pride and championships to the city.
The mayor adds Weaver helped develop a smarter way of playing baseball that built a team that was competitive for decades. Rawlings-Blake says her prayers are with the Weaver family, the team, and the generations of fans who loved his unique character.
*This article has been amended to include Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake's comments.
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