Major League Baseball lost a legend Saturday morning with the news that former Baltimore Orioles manager and Hall of Famer Earl Weaver died at age 82. Read more after the jump.
MLB.com reported that Weaver apparently suffered a heart attack while attending an Orioles fantasy cruise. How sad. It wasn’t too long ago that The Stew was celebrating his birthday.
According to The Associated Press, Weaver’s wife reported that Weaver went back to his cabin after dinner and began choking between 10:30 and 11 on Friday night. A cause of death has not been determined.
Weaver was a rarity in baseball; a non-player who was worth the price of admission to the ballpark, and always worth turning on the TV when the O’s played. He was cantankerous like Billy Martin (without many of the personal demons), and always a threat to get into an animated discussion with an umpire. And watching Weaver get thrown out — especially when he “knew” he was in the right — had to be better than Eddie Murray hitting a home run or Jim Palmer striking out the side.
He will be greatly missed by sports fans all over.