Hall of Famer Earl Weaver, who led the Orioles to the World Series in each of his first three full seasons as manager, has died. He was 82.
Weaver died early Saturday morning while on a cruise, according to Monica Barlow, the team’s public relations head. The NY Daily News says that Weaver died of an apparent heart attack while on an Orioles' fantasy cruise in the Caribbean.
The paper says that Weaver collapsed in his compartment on the ship at about 2 a.m. and was unable to be revived by the ship's doctors. His wife, Maryanne, was at his side.
Weaver was also a former manager of the Rochester Red Wings.
In 17 seasons as the Baltimore Orioles skipper, Weaver holds a career 1480-1060 managerial record (ranking fifth all-time with a .583 winning percentage). Weaver topped 100 wins five times, capturing six division titles, four pennants and the 1970 World Series.
Weaver’s uniform number 4 (one of six Orioles numbers retired) was retired after the 1982 season, and Earl was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in the summer of 1996.
In two seasons as the Rochester Red Wings manager, Weaver compiled a 163-125 (.566) record. Weaver led the 1966 Red Wings to an IL Pennant.
Weaver was inducted into the Red Wings Hall of Fame in 1995.