Earl Weaver, the Hall of Fame manager who died today at age 82, was also a former Montgomery Rebels player.
In 1956, Weaver had a .241 average in 32 games for the Rebels, who moved in midseason to Knoxville, Tenn. That August, Weaver became the team's manager, his first managerial job. He was 25 years old.
Weaver was a managerial great, winning four American League pennants and the 1970 World Series with the Baltimore Orioles. In 17 years with the O's, he had five 100-win seasons.
He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996.