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Earl Weaver has never been shy, but he is retiring

The gruff, obstinate, foolish, flammable, superstitious, supercilious, boorish, brilliant, wonderful manager of the Baltimore Orioles still means to throw himself out of the game after this year.

"This isn't enjoyment," Earl Weaver has been insisting all season and for much of the 15 years that he has been the most durable, deranged and delightful manager in baseball. "This is just my way of making a living. It's work. It's research." He points to his three-by-five cards, his directory of probabilities and statistics. "I'm so tired of making decisions. I'm really looking forward to...

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