Former Orioles Manager Earl Weaver Not Dead, Despite New York Times Assumption

by NESN Staff

December 14, 2010

Elton John claimed that the "New York Times said God is dead" in his 1971 hit "Levon."

Now, some 40 years later, the same paper is claiming Orioles former manager Earl Weaver has passed as well.

The 80-year-old Weaver is indeed alive, despite Ross Ramsey's column, that stated the following:

"Texas Democrats have become the Baltimore Orioles of politics. Somewhere in heaven, Earl Weaver and [former Texas governor] Ann Richards are comparing notes on what went wrong with the teams they left behind."

Richards passed in 2006 and the Times sent out a correction on Sunday. Weaver, who was contacted by the Baltimore Sun this week, is still kicking.

"I?ll be damned," the Hall of Famer told the Sun. "All I can do is say, that?s false.

"I?m still here, although my knees have given out, so I don?t play golf anymore," he added. "I?ve always said that there were two places that I wouldn?t mind dying: One was Memorial Stadium; the other, the golf course. Now I?ve got to wait forever [to go], because both of those places are gone."

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