A timeline of Weaver's life:
1930: Earl Sydney Weaver is born Aug. 14 in St. Louis. Raised in a tough section of the city, Weaver's pugnacious personality developed early. "I got in a lot of fights as a kid, and because I had some baseball ability, I was always playing with guys three or four years older," Weaver told The Sun in 1996. "So whenever I got in a fight, I got beat up."
1948: Weaver is signed by the
1968: After more than 11 years working in their minor league system, Weaver is promoted to the Orioles' first base coach heading into the 1968 season. By midseason he replaces Hank Bauer as manager, making his debut July 11. "So now another guy joins the sleepless nights brigade and Bauer gets a paid vacation," Evening Sun columnist Phil Jackman wrote at the time. "It's a good life, but short." Under Weaver, the Orioles finish the season 48-34.
1969: The Orioles go 109-53 and win the
1979: The Orioles go 102-57 and win their fourth AL pennant under Weaver but drop the World Series to the
1982: Weaver retires after the Orioles fall, 10-2, to the
1983: Between his stints as Orioles manager, Weaver works as a color commentator for
1985: In June, Weaver returns as Orioles manager, replacing the man who replaced him, Joe Altobelli (
1986: The Orioles go 73-89 and finish seventh, Weaver's only losing season in the majors and his last before retiring again. "Nobody likes to finish last, but I'm glad I came back," he said at the time. "I don't regret it."
1996: On Aug. 4, Weaver is inducted into the
1998: Weaver spends about a week in the hospital in August after a
2012: On June 30, a sculpture of Weaver is unveiled beyond the center field fence at
2013: On Jan. 18, Weaver dies while on a baseball-themed cruise in the Caribbean. "There weren't any gray areas with Earl," Hall of Famer pitcher