“...Dick Gordon, Weaver’s marketing manager, led the service. The family requested he obtain a copy of Terry Cashman’s song, “The Earl of Baltimore,” to be played during the ceremony.
“Being with Earl so many years, he wouldn’t be satisfied,” Gordon said. “I could do better than that.”
He then introduced Cashman, the famed baseball songwriter, to sing his tribute to Weaver.
Brooks was the heart. Frank was the soul. McNally, Mike and Palmer were his Orioles, winning with Weaver, winning for Baltimore. The men in blue, oh he drove them wild. The fight and the fire, that leprechaun smile. We’ll always remember the Earl of Baltimore…”
I’ve read all of Weaver’s books multiple times. The thing he said he was most proud of was that none of the players he released ever came back to haunt him. That’s a manager’s attribute that doesn’t get discussed enough. Being able to separate who really can play and who can’t is the most important skill of a manager. How can a manager get the most out of his players if he isn’t a great talent evaluator?