earlier today i posted about the memorial patch that the cardinals wore for stan musial who passed away on january 19, 2013. that same day, the orioles lost hall of fame manager earl weaver who died at the age of 82. like the cardinals did for musial, the orioles wore a patch honoring weaver during the 2013 season. the orange patch featured weaver's name, number 4, and 'hall of fame' text. you can see it on jj hardy's 2014 topps card
during the 2013 all-star game, the patch was worn on the chest, as shown on adam jones' 2013 topps update card
which also features the stan musial patch on yadier molina's sleeve
jones also represents the sleeve placement of the patch in my collection via this 2013 bowman platinum card
growing up watching 'this week in baseball' and the nbc game of the week in the late 1970's, i knew two things about earl weaver: he was not shy about arguing with umpires, and he was a believer in the power of the 3-run home run. it turns out that he was also a believer in platoons and tracking statistical match ups and other things that we see so much of in the game these days. those things worked for weaver, as his teams won 1480 games over his 17 years at the helm, and he was inducted into the hall of fame in 1996.