Earl Weaver's sudden death at 82 years old has rocked the Baltimore area and baseball aficionados nationwide.
Weaver died around 2 a.m. Saturday while on board an Orioles fantasy cruise in the Caribbean. His wife, Marianna, was at his side when he succumbed to a heart attack, the New York Daily News reported.
The news broke while many fans were headed to the Orioles' annual FanFest at the Baltimore Convention Center, across the street from Camden Yards. Weaver's career and what he meant to Baltimore was on the lips of many fans and players. Weaver's No. 4 hung above the discussion panel stage, and his jersey was posted on the left side of the stage.
Weaver's Baltimore Sun obituary described the Hall of Famer as a "cantankerous baseball wizard."
Orioles managing partner Peter Angelos released the following statement:
Earl Weaver stands alone as the greatest manager in the history of the Orioles organization and one of the greatest in the history of baseball. This is a sad day for everyone who knew him and for all Orioles fans. Earl made his passion for the Orioles known both on and off the field. On behalf of the Orioles, I extend my condolences to his wife, Marianna, and to his family.
Governor Martin O'Malley also released a statement:
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.
Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also issued a statement of Weaver's death:
This morning Baltimore and the baseball world mourn the death of the great Earl Weaver. As manager of the Orioles, Weaver helped to develop a smarter way of playing baseball and built a team that was competitive for decades.
Weaver's teams brought pride as well as World Series championships to our great city.
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.
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