Baseball Hall of Famer Dies While on Theme Cruise

January 19, 2013
(1:15 p.m. EST) -- Baseball Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver died early Saturday morning while onboard a Baltimore Orioles theme cruise.

The 82-year-old was onboard Celebrity Silhouette when he suffered a heart attack, according to the Baltimore Orioles website.

Weaver was the winningest manager in Orioles history, with 1,480 wins over a career that spanned 17 seasons. The Earl of Baltimore led the O's to four World Series and won one, in 1970. The fiery manager was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1996.

“Earl Weaver was one of the most colorful personalities and fearless leaders the game has ever known,” Jane Forbes Clark, Chairwoman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, said in a news release. “He managed with intensity, flair and an acerbic wit that made him a legend in Baltimore and among baseball fans everywhere. He will be deeply missed in Cooperstown. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Marianna, and the entire Weaver family.”

Weaver was participating in The Original Baltimore Baseball Cruise, which sailed out of Fort Lauderdale on January 13, according to a website announcing the event.

Cruise Critic has reached out to Celebrity Cruises for comment.

Weaver had participated in previous baseball theme cruises, according to Cruise Critic's message boards. In 2009, member Penny's Loafer mentioned Weaver participating in an MSC cruise, and he was a scheduled guest for similar MSC cruises in 2005 and 2006.

--by Colleen McDaniel, Managing Editor