Two men whose baseball lives played a part in Milwaukee baseball history, both passed away on Saturday (1-19-13), Earl Weaver and Stan “the Man” Musial.
Earl Weaver was best known as the feisty Baltimore manager who was thrown out of almost 100 of games during his tenure. In one instance he was thrown out of both games of a double-header by umpire Ron Luciano. Weaver didn’t believe in the hit and run, bunting or sacrifice plays, his philosophy was “pitching, defense, and a 3 run home run.” The Orioles won 4 pennants and the 1970 World Series under his helm. Weaver was elected into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.
Weaver’s connection with Milwaukee, is that he was the manager of the Orioles in 1982 when the Brewers needed to win just one game to advance to the playoffs in the last series of the season. The Orioles won the first three before losing on the last game of the season, which allowed the Brewers to win their only American League East Championship.
Earl Weaver (#4) was 82.
Stan “the Man” Musial, a lifetime Cardinal from Donora, Pennsylvania was said to be “peaking” around a corner in his baseball stance. He played for 22 seasons with the Redbirds, went to a record 24 All-Star Games. Musial racked up 3,630 hits (4th all-time), 1,815 at home and 1,815 on the road! He also jacked 475 hrs, while winning 3 N.L. MVP titles (1943,46,&48), Musial took the 1945 season off to serve the US in WWII. Stan “the Man” won three world series (1942,44&46). He was elected into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame on his first ballot in 1969.
One of his most famous home runs, and his connection to Milwaukee, came in the 1955 All-Star game held at Milwaukee County Stadium. Musial led off the bottom of the 12th with the game tied 5-5 and launched the game winning home run, giving the National League the win 6-5.
Stan Musial (#6) was 92.