Happy Trails, Earl Weaver

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One of the greatest managers in baseball history was a thorn in the Brewers' side for decades.

If you haven't heard the news, legendary Orioles manager Earl Weaver passed away on Friday. He was 82 years old.

Weaver won four AL pennants and a World Series at the helm in Baltimore, where he was in charge from 1968-82 and again from 1985-86. He won 1480 of his 2541 games, and nearly 10% of those wins came against the Brewers and Seattle Pilots. Weaver's teams went 142-72 against the Brewers with him at the helm, including a season in 1973 where they went 15-3 against the Crew.

Weaver was also at the helm, however, when the Brewers beat Baltimore on the final day of the 1982 season to win the AL East and advance to the playoffs.

Weaver is likely best remembered for his fiery temper, massive arguments with umpires and being a pioneer of managerial strategy. He's the 22nd winningest manager in major league history.

With help from Brewerfan.net and the B-Ref Play Index, happy birthday today to:

Today is also the 17th anniversary of the Brewers signing starting pitcher and former #1 overall pick Ben McDonald as a free agent. We covered that event in Today In Brewer History last year.
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