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Baseball Legends With Rochester Ties Pass Away This Weekend

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Two baseball legends with ties to Rochester died over the weekend.

Earl Weaver was as fiesty as team managers came, while the other late hall of famer only needed one name: Stan the Man.

He was one of the fiestiest men on the Diamond.

Earl Weaver, the Hall-of-Famer was well known for his outbursts, not shy to get in the faces of umps.

"He gave me the ball every fourth day and he trusted me. Now was he a warm and fuzzy guy no but that was Earl Weaver so," said Jim Palmer, Former Orioles Pitcher.

Weaver became a winning legend.

The long time Baltimore Orioles Manager led the team to four world series. They won the title in 1970.

"He was able to make players, an average player good and a great player great," said Naomi Silver, Rochester Red Wings President and CEO.

But before joining the O's, Weaver managed the Rochester Red Wings in 1966 & '67.

"He appreciated where he came from, never forgot Rochester," said Silver.

Weaver came back to Rochester several times for exhibition games.

He died Saturday while on a Orial's fantasy cruise. He was 82.

Baseball also lost another great just hours after Weaver's passing.

Stanley Musial, or Stan the Man, is revered as the best St. Louis Cardinal ever.
In 1941 Musial was a Red Wing also when Rochester was an affiliate of the Cardinals.

"Stan the Man has a unique corkscrew batting stance."

Musial won Seven National League batting crowns and took his team to winning three World Series championships.

His number was the first ever retired by the Cardinals. He died at 92.

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