Sunday, January 20, 2013

Stan "The Man" Musial and...

...Earl Weaver, two baseball Hall of Famers, died on Saturday.

Musial (above), a .331 career hitter (my emphasis):

...won seven batting championships, hit 475 home runs and amassed 3,630 hits. His brilliance lay in his consistency. He had 1,815 hits at home and 1,815 on the road. He drove in 1,951 runs and scored 1,949 runs. And his power could be explosive: he set a major league record, equaled only once, when he hit five home runs in a doubleheader. 

Musial also played on three World Series championship teams, won three Most Valuable Player awards, and was the fourth player inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. 

Weaver (below) led the Baltimore Orioles: five 100-win seasons, four American League pennants and the 1970 World Series championship.

Weaver managed the Orioles from 1968 through 1982, then came out of retirement in mid-1985 and managed the team through the end of 1986. His overall record was 1,480 victories and 1,060 losses, a .583 winning percentage, ninth in major league history and first among managers whose careers began in the past half-century. His only losing season was his last. 

With a sandpaper voice, a taste for beer (he was twice charged with drunken driving) and a tense, competitive manner, Weaver was a crusty personality, though he had a sharp wit and a well-developed sense of mischief. Once, when outfielder Pat Kelly was irritated that Weaver was not giving him enough time for a pregame prayer meeting, he said, “Earl, don’t you want us to walk with the Lord?” Weaver replied that he would rather have Kelly walk with the bases loaded.

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