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Former Elmira Pioneers Manager Earl Weaver Passes Away

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Former Elmira Pioneers manager and Hall of Famer Earl Weaver passed away early Saturday morning at the age of 82. Earl Weaver managed the Pioneers from 1962 through 1965 putting together a 313-245 record over the course of 4 seasons. Weaver and the Pioneers captured the Class “A” 1962 Eastern League Championship after putting together a 72-68 regular season record.

Earl Weaver managed the Baltimore Orioles for 17 seasons compiling a 1,480-1,060 record. Weaver guided the Orioles to 4 A.L. Pennants and the 1970 World Series. His .583 career winning pct. is still the best by any manager who has coached in the major’s post 1960.

During Earl Weaver’s time in Elmira, the Pioneers saw rosters loaded with talent while being affiliated with the Orioles. In 1965, there were three no-hitters pitched and Lou Pinella hit three home runs in a single game. Earl Weaver and the Pioneers also played a 27 inning game, which at the time was the longest lasting professionally played game.

The Elmira Pioneers would like to send their thoughts & prayers to the family and friends of Earl Weaver. Earl Weaver touched many lives in and around the Twin Tiers and the entire baseball world and will be sorely missed.



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