Earl Weaver, a beer, a cigarette, a shirt and the absence of a shirt

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

As the image below will imply, the late, impossibly great Earl Weaver had the personality of 10 men, all of them drunk.

I had long suspected as much, but it's still nice to disinter photographic evidence that Earl Weaver was indeed powered by pop-top Schlitzes, wholesome and restorative cigarettes and UHF programming. Let us also assume that the Earl of Baltimore began each day with a pair of all-cotton, snap-tight BVD grippers. And if that's an appendectomy scar, then I have no doubt that the procedure was self-performed with a shank made from a crushed Schlitz can.

What's also notable is that in this photo Weaver is locked in hardy embrace with reliever Don Stanhouse. Weaver, you may recall, nicknamed Stanhouse "Full Pack" in reference to thumbnail estimations of how many cigarettes Weaver would suck down while the erratic reliever was on the mound. "He doesn't suffer from stress," Weaver once said of Stanhouse, "he's a carrier."

Also ruefully fitting is Stanhouse's shirt, which reads "Stan the Man Unusual," which is nod to Stanhouse's weird-ball personality. It's also, coincidentally, a nod to the great Stan Musial, who on Saturday passed from this earth almost arm-in-arm with Weaver.

Let us raise a Schlitz and a smoke to both of them.

(HT: Rookie of the Beer)

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