Some vintage Earl thanks to YouTube
I've related these stories of having met Earl a few times before but I'll repeat them. The first time was at the baseball winter meetings in Houston in 1981. I had finagled press credentials from the college paper and skipped a week of classes to hang out with all the baseball bigwigs.
The highlight of that week was a press lunch that I attended and sat down at Earl's table. He had some great stories. I brought up an Oriole-Yankee game from 1970 that had been the best regular season game I had ever seen. Earl picked up the game story from me and went on and on about that game. Amazing day indeed.
Some years later I was waiting for my luggage at Hobby Airport here in Houston when a couple of brown tweed bags with embroidered Oriole emblems emerged. I was amazed to see the guy next to me reach for them! I turned and saw it was Earl. I spoke to him and he was genuinely interested in talking to an Oriole fan in Houston. He even remembered (or so he said) the press luncheon discussion from several years before.