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Growing up in a baseball family

In honor of Father’s Day, which we celebrated yesterday, we took a look at two Dash players with strong baseball families. Jeremy Farrell is the oldest son of current Boston manager John Farrell, while Mark Tracy is the youngest son of former big league skipper Jim Tracy, who has led the Dodgers (2001-05), Pirates (2006-07) and Rockies (2009-12) in his career.

Both Jeremy and Mark reflect on their baseball dads in the video below. These two Dash sluggers touch on their childhood experiences, unique challenges and current relationships.

2013 RED SOX SPRING TRAINING

John Farrell has the Red Sox fighting for American League East supremacy in his first season at the helm in Boston (photo courtesy of the Boston Red Sox via Michael Ivans).

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Jim Tracy’s most recent stop in the big leagues was with the Colorado Rockies (photo via Rich Clarkson and Associates).

- Curt

Weaver’s Ties To Winston-Salem

Earl Weaver while with the Winston-Salem Cardinals in 1950 (Bob Lemke).

Earl Weaver while with the Winston-Salem Cardinals in 1950 (Bob Lemke).

It is a somber Saturday morning in the baseball world. Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver has passed away at the age of 82. According to the New York Daily News, Weaver died of an apparent heart attack early this morning on an Orioles fantasy cruise.

Weaver’s claim to fame is his tremendous success as the manager of the Baltimore Orioles. Weaver was 1480-1060 (.583) in 17 seasons, and he led the O’s to four American League pennants. The Hall of Famer led Baltimore to the 1970 World Series title.

A man who Tim Kurkjian called “one of the three greatest managers of all time” on ESPN’s SportsCenter this morning, Weaver contributed to the greatest season in Winston-Salem history.

In 1950, the Winston-Salem Cardinals posted a Carolina League-record 106-47 (.693) mark and won the league’s title. Weaver was the club’s second baseman and hit .276 during the season.

Weaver never reached the big leagues as a player, so he began his managerial career in the minor leagues in 1956. The St. Louis native reached Baltimore as the skipper in the middle of the 1968 season, and he led the O’s to the Fall Classic in each of his first three full seasons.

We send our condolences to the Weaver family. Earl has a special place in baseball history and in Winston-Salem history.

- Brian

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