Tuesday, August 15, 2006

August 15th, 1975

Earl Weaver Ejected

Actually Weaver was ejected twice. This was a double header pitting Baltimore against Texas and Weaver against his long-time nemesis, umpire Ron Luciano. In the first game Weaver was ejected in the fourth inning by Luciano (Rangers' manger Frank Lucchesi, meanwhile, had managed get himself ejected in the second inning of that game) and when Weaver decided to resume the argument at the line-up card exchange before the second game, Luciano ejected him him then-and-there.

This was only the latest in a series of somewhat legendary confrontations between Weaver and Luciano, altercations that got so bad the league began to specifically avoid assigning the ump to Baltimore series. The whole rundown of Weaver and Luciano's would-be double act is given in Luciano's collection of books, along with a variety of other stories. Although many are almost surely apocryphal, they're all enjoyable. The books are now out of print, but can be found on Amazon and other like sellers. They come recommended.

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