Ex-Orioles Manager Earl Weaver Lives. No, Really.

Last weekend, a column in The New York Times talking about Texas politics said, "Somewhere in heaven, Earl Weaver and Ann Richards are comparing notes." Only one problem: Earl Weaver is still alive. Host Scott Simon speaks with the former Baltimore Orioles manager.

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SCOTT SIMON, host:

Last weekend, a column in The New York Times talking about Texas politics said: Somewhere in heaven, Earl Weaver and Ann Richards are comparing notes.

Ann Richards is the late governor of Texas. She died in 2006. Earl Weaver managed the Baltimore Orioles into four World Series and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Mr. Weaver, are you in heaven?

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. EARL WEAVER (Former Manager, Baltimore Orioles): No, Im alive and kicking.

SIMON: Where are you, sir?

Mr. WEAVER: Im in - outside of Fort Lauderdale in a town called the Pembroke Pines.

SIMON: So what did you think when you read in The New York Times that you were in heaven?

Mr. WEAVER: Well, I didn't read The New York Times.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. WEAVER: You know, it was related to me. It was originally printed in a Texas newspaper...

SIMON: Yeah, so what did you think?

Mr. WEAVER: ...that I had passed away. Well, the first thing I want think is the guy named Ross Ramsey who wrote the thing, he mustn't do any research whatsoever. I had nothing to do with the governor, Ann Richards.

SIMON: Yeah.

Mr. WEAVER: What he was trying to do was associate me with the Paul Richards, who was the manager of Baltimore before me. But how their research and anything else could get messed up, not necessarily to death, because you know, it's been falsely reported before. And it's quite amusing to me. But the thing that's disturbing is Ann Richards, you know, former governor, a Democrat - Im an independent.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: You know, you were, as I don't have to tell you, you were famous for some of your extended and frenetic conversations with umpires.

Mr. WEAVER: Uh-huh.

SIMON: Where do you work that stuff out nowadays?

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. WEAVER: I probably dont. Im happy Im away from that too, cause I just had a defibrillator put in my heart. And I certainly wouldn't want to get involved in any one of those things again.

SIMON: Who do you like in the AL East this year, Mr. Weaver?

Mr. WEAVER: I don't know. I don't follow at all that close. I'd like to say Baltimore and I will say Baltimore, cause I like Baltimore. But I don't know how realistic that statement is, that's all.

SIMON: Well, Mr. Weaver, may I ask how old you are these days?

Mr. WEAVER: Eighty.

SIMON: You got a good long run ahead of you, don't you?

Mr. WEAVER: I think so.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. WEAVER: Not according to the Texas papers there and The New York Times.

(Soundbite of laughter)

Mr. WEAVER: But (unintelligible). You know the statement I made: Two of the places I wouldnt have mind dying was at Memorial Stadium, where I used to manage for the Orioles, and on the golf course. Now my knees are so bad I can't play golf, and Memorial Stadium is tore down, so Im going to have to live forever.

(Soundbite of laughter)

SIMON: Well, good. That'll show them, won't they?

Mr. WEAVER: That's right.

SIMON: Earl Weaver, still alive and kicking in Pembroke Pines, Florida -whatever else you may read.

Thanks so much.

Mr. WEAVER: You're welcome.

SIMON: This is NPR News.

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