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Re: OT: Remembering Earl Weaver...Rest in Peace
This town has so many great sports memories from some of the greatest managers and coaches in baseball and football like
Earl and now Buck, Don Shula and Weeb Ewbank, Brian Billick and don't forget Hank Bauer who brought the first World Series
title to Bmore in 1966. Palmer was the youngest pitcher to win a series shut out vs the mighty Dodgers.
One time the O's were playing Texas in spring training game in one of those small minor league parks where you could
hear every conversation in the stadium. Just as Tony Oliva was walking up to the plate, Earl yelled out to his young
pitcher to stop throwing all that crap. It was all junk balls. Tony was one of the best hitters of his era and got a big
smile on his face and hit the first pitch out for a HR. It was a fast ball down the middle. As he rounded third he yelled, thanks Earl. Everyone in the dugout laughed their asses off because Earl broadcasted the next pitch to Oliva.
Palmer said the same thing happened the first time met Earl in the minors. He was facing Johnny Bench for the first time
who had a great HR reputation even then and Earl walked out and told him to throw fast balls, no junk. JIm said I don't think that's a good idea vs Bench, Earl who said do it anyway. So he did and he hit a HR.
Jim never listened to Earl again like the time bases were loaded in Bmore and EArl wanted him to throw a fast ball.
JIm had never given up a grand slam in his life and wasn't about to then so he threw some junk and the guy got
a hit and scored a couple of runs but Jim never gave up the grand slam. Earl was furious-lol.
One time Pat Kelly said, Earl, you need to walk with Jesus. Earl said Pat, right now I just need you to walk with
the bases loaded.
One time Earl told a young rookie pitcher named Dave Leonard from Hopkins that the was starting the first game of the
world series vs Pittsburgh. Leonard said, Earl, I don't think I'm gonna strike fear into Willie Stargell. Earl said
I'm not trying to strike fear in Willie. I'm trying to strike fear into Jim Palmer.
They were always at each others throats but Earl said in that ESPN interview that he had 17 wonderful years with
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