Earl Weaver began his Hall of Fame managerial career in 1968 with the Baltimore Orioles. Just 37 years old when given the reigns of the team, Weaver led them to three pennants and World Series championship in his first four years.
Though he found immediate success as a skipper, his playing career was less than stellar. Weaver got his start in pro ball as a second baseman in the Cardinals chain in 1948. Just 17 years old, Weaver dreamed of becoming a big league player.
Those dreams were not fulfilled. Weaver spent 14 years in the minors, reaching as high as Triple-A for one season in 1958.
Eventually Weaver did become a Major Leaguer as a manager. He got his chance with the Baltimore Orioles in 1968. The fiery skipper lasted 17 years in the bigs. His teams won 1,480 games, four pennants, and one World Series title.
Weaver was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.
Shown here is Weaver’s autograph from spring training in 1952, 16 years before he donned a big league uniform.