Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown in August 1996, Earl ranks 19th in victories among 20th century managers. His .583 winning percentage (1,480-1,060) over 17 seasons -- all in Baltimore -- ranks 5th on the all-time list of those who managed 10 or more seasons exclusively in the 20th century.
Earl was a Minor League second baseman for 13 years, mostly in his hometown St. Louis Cardinals organization. He began his managing career in the Minors in 1956 and joined the Orioles organization a year later. He came up to the Orioles as first base coach in 1968 and was named manager on July 11 of that year.
From 1969 through 1982, he won six AL East titles, four AL pennants and 1 World Series, beating the Cincinnati Reds in 1970. Earl's Orioles won 100 games or more 5 times, and he earned Manager of the Year honors three times. He retired following the 1982 season, which ended one-game shy of another AL East title when the Orioles lost to the Milwaukee Brewers on the final day of the season. He came back to manage in mid-1985 for 1 1/2 years before retiring for good. The only time in his 17 seasons as manager that he posted a losing record was his last, in 1986.