gorker – A term used by Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver for a cheap hit.  “In the ninth, Tippy Martinez…gave up two cheap singles.  ‘You hate to take a guy out after two gorkers,’ manager Earl Weaver said” (Washington Post, June 12, 1983).

Earl Weaver, whose run-ins with umpires became legendary, ranks eighth all-time in managerial winning percentage.

In addition to being a wordsmith, Weaver was ejected from more games than anyone else in history, and deservedly so. Yet behind that boisterous facade was the keen baseball mind of a very successful manager. Only Joe McCarthy compiled more 100-win seasons than Weaver.

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