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Lot # 93: Earl Weaver Baltimore Orioles Single-Signed Hand-Painted Baseball

Starting Bid: $50.00

Bids: 14 (Bid History)

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Item was in Auction "2024 Winter Pop-Up",
which ran from 1/14/2024 7:00 PM to
1/28/2024 10:00 PM

Displayed is an Earl Weaver single signed, hand-painted baseball that was signed by the Hall of Fame Baltimore Orioles manager during the vintage days when he was the Orioles' skipper, circa 1980. Weaver managed the Orioles for 17 years, his entire Major League managerial career (1968-1982 & 1985-86). His lifetime record as a Major League skipper was 1,480-1,060, with six AL East Division titles, three pennants and the 1970 World's Championship. Weaver disdained "small ball" tactics such as the hit and run, bunt, and steals, and instead favored his oft-quoted formula of "pitching, defense and the three-run homer." Weaver had a frequently contentious relationship with his Hall of Fame right-hander Jim Palmer, with Palmer saying, "The only thing Earl Weaver understands about the curveball is that he couldn't hit it." Weaver loved platooning and trying to obtain the best pitcher-batter matchups, and he is credited with being the first manager to use computer printouts of batter-pitcher matchups to plan his lineups. He is also famous for his fiery arguments with umpires. The Official American League Ball (MacPhail) was signed in 8/10 blue pen. The hand-painted color portrait is right above the signature. The ball is in EXCELLENT condition. It is one of a kind.

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