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“When it comes to running a ballgame, no one did it better than Earl Weaver. And now everyone can learn how he did it.”


“Weaver talking about baseball is worth listening to twice, or even three times.”

“I learned more from Earl Weaver than anyone else I ever played for or against.”

About the Author

Terry Pluto is one of the most prolific sportswriters of our day, writing primarily about baseball and basketball. He lives near Akron, Ohio.

Earl Weaver was enshrined in baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1996 after a career marked by intensity, innovation, wit, and winning. He has done television and radio work and now lives in retirement in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 202 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.; Revised edition (May 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1574884247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1574884241
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you're a casual fan and you're looking for a good book on baseball strategy, look no further.
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Weaver was ahead of his time, and pretty much everything he mentions in this books are valuable lessons that still can be applied.
David Lopez
Earl Weaver has been one of the greatest managers of all time and his thoughts are very valuable.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ray Kidder on January 24, 2003
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Earl Weaver reveals some of the reasons he was such a successful manager. Baseball fans can use this book to get a better understanding of the strategy behind the managerial decisions. Some of Earl Weaver's advice is admittedly questionable for the current game, so he added a 2002 epilogue to comment on his past advice. Earl Weaver was not as hot headed as was the impression from his arguments with umpires. His additude is that it was better for the manager to be thrown out of a game than to have one of his valuable players thrown out. He explains how he looked upon each decision as a type of gamble, basing the odds of success largely on past performace when a player was in a similar situation. That is why he kept and used lots of player statistics.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Aaron T. Whitehead on February 1, 2008
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Years of statistical research and number-crunching have proven one thing: Earl Weaver was a pretty smart guy. Weaver, who didn't frown on using numbers himself, was a living hybrid of old-fashioned baseball wisdom and a forward-thinking organizational mind that helped turn the Baltimore Orioles into a dynasty.
For the fan, you can read about how Weaver achieved such great success in the majors with methods not out of line with modern, or "sabermetric" analysis.
For a manager or coach, Weaver offers a lot of practical advice about managing a ballclub. This won't teach you how to hit a curveball, but it will tell you what lineup to use against a curveball pitcher, how to handle players both young and old, and how to run an effective spring training regimen.
Weaver's advice is pertinent and insightful even now, 20 years after he managed his last game.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher W. Kash on January 19, 2013
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I've owned this book for several years but felt compelled to write a review after Weaver passed away on January 19, 2013. Weaver was one of, if not the first, managers to embrace what came to be known as Sabermetrics in how he shaped and utilized his team. This book explains his philosophies on hitting, fielding and pitching and contains insight that remains as valuable to winning baseball in the 21st century as it was when he managed the great Orioles teams of the 70's. Weaver's humor and irascibility run throughout the narrative. The man loved baseball and his contributions to the game will never be forgotten.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Khalil Gibran on August 27, 2011
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This is a great, quick read on the basics of managing a Major League Baseball Team. Weaver preaches many principles of sabermetrics, before they had come into vogue. Instead, he had come to espouse many sabermetric principles (i.e. high OBP guys at the top of the lineup, eschewing stealing/the hit and run/sacrifice bunting) not by reading Bill James, but simply from watching thousands of baseball games. His book lays out his simple yet innovative approaches to the game, and also, indirectly proves how intelligent of a manager he had been.

Admittedly, this book is a little dated, but his main points still hold true in today's game. For anyone who wants to talk intelligently about managers in the Majors. This is a must read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce R. on March 1, 2013
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With Baseball season almost here, I needed a baseball book to tide more over till then. Weaver, the former Skipper of my Beloved Baltimore Orioles, gives in this short readable book funny, insightful explanations ias to how the game should be managed and played. The advice is still good today. Earl you'll be missed. Try to keep the language clean when you're talking around all those angels in Heaven...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Lopez on February 4, 2013
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I think this is one piece of literature that every baseball fan should have. Weaver was ahead of his time, and pretty much everything he mentions in this books are valuable lessons that still can be applied. The writing makes it really easy to follow; it only took me a couple of days to read the entire book and after I finished I was let wishing I had read it before.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Martin on April 17, 2013
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It is easy to see why Weaver was one of the most successful coaches in Baseball. His approach to the game is analogous to many different things we do in life. His perception and the processes he applied were what set him apart from many. These are similar to the TQM processes applied in business today.
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By Gene Owens on October 30, 2009
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Earl Weaver has a win-loss record in professional baseball that sets him a notch above the rest of the world. Spend a little time with this book and you can get a feel for what goes on inside the head of a the guy in the dugout that guides a team to world championships. It offers great insights into Earl's approaach to winning baseball games. He tells you how the Orioles won all those championship games and how he used the incredible talent he had on those rosters. Earl wont win all the games with 25 guys that can't play good, fundamental baseball. And 25 star players may not always end up in the world series. But, if you put Earl and the talent together, there's a good chance he win again and again. This is excellent reading for a baseball fan that wants to learn about how games are won.
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