Best and smartest skipper EVER!!!!
"He was ejected 91 times, including once in both games of a doubleheader."
My first Orioles memory, 1969, I was six and we were at a day game in Memorial Stadium. My dad had just bought me popcorn and in those days it came in an orange square cardboard tube with one end closed that you could later turn into a "megaphone". Anyone else remember those?
Anyway, Earl got ripped about a bad call and came out and started yelling at the ump and of course the crowd goes crazy. So I asked my dad why "that man" was yelling at the umpire. My dad said, "Because he's smarter than everyone else and he wants to make sure they know it." Earl got tossed from the game, and this is one of those rare memories that is as vivid for me today as if it happened yesterday.
Maybe it was that orange, Orioles popcorn megaphone that makes it stand out for me. I loved that team.
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(The ump is pretty hilarious also)
A bonafide Baltimore legend has passed.
Earl was responsible for a lot of great memories at Memorial. Thank you very much sir.
I'll never forget we had to win our last 4 games in the final homestand of the season at Memorial, head to head, to pass the division leading Milwaukee Brewers. We won 3 but came up short on the final game, which was Earl's last as Orioles's manager (first retirement). The series was incredibly exciting, but losing the last game in a last ditch bid for an improbable comeback didn't seem to sting that badly. The entire Stadium stayed as Baltimore Fans cheered on Earl. Howard Cosell chronicled the moment and proclaimed the Baltimore Orioles as the finest organization in MLB.
Thanks Earl. RIP, and don't be cussin' out the Umpire up there hear it?!
Man, brutal year for Balt sports fans. Modell, Weaver, Lewis about to retire. We need a trophy!
Thanks for the great memories Earl. RIP
Remember he used to turn his hat around while arguing with the umps? He said a few years ago on ESPN that his hat
accidently bumped the chest of an ump and he was fined a whopping $200 which was a lot of money back then and
he wasn't making the millions that Buck and the guys are today.
So he said he always turned his hat around after that so it wouldn't get in the way of arguing.
For some great Earl stories, get JIm Palmers book.
Thanks Earl. You were an important part of our lives growing up.
I was too young to remember him but his passion in the ballpark will always lives on. RIP Earl
From 1967-1983 no team in baseball had more wins than the Orioles. We were dominant and Earl was great.