Joe Altobelli, who managed Orioles to 1983 World Series title, dies at 88

Mar 06, 2021 398

BY: Childs Walker

If Earl Weaver was night, Joe Altobelli was day. Two managers could not have been more different, and that’s the first thing members of the 1983 Orioles recall about Altobelli, the man who led them to a World Series championship. “With Earl, if you made a mistake on the field, he would be waiting in the dugout to scream at you in front of everybody,” said Ken Singleton, a veteran presence on the team.

“Joe wasn’t like that. He was a calmer hand, and guys related to that after all those years with Earl. Maybe that’s what we needed at the time, because he took over, and we won it all.” Altobelli, a humble baseball lifer who succeeded Weaver and managed the Orioles to their last championship, died Wednesday of natural causes. He was 88.

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