BALTIMORE -- With Tuesday's 5-1 win over the Texas Rangers, Orioles manager Buck Showalter passed Paul Richards for sole possession of second place on the Orioles all-time managerial wins list with 518 victories.
"One of the players told me today, all those guys have passed away. I keep looking. Is there any active one? I'm not far behind 'em from that standpoint," Showalter said with a grin about being ahead of everyone but legend Earl Weaver. "People made me aware of it. It just means I've been doing it for a long time and I've been lucky enough to have good players -- that allows you to do it for a while. That's about the extent of it. Paul Richards was a great baseball man.
"Gosh, we'd all like to be half the baseball guy he was. I remember reading his book growing up, and he was way ahead of his time. Special. I know Dan [Duquette] was real close to him. He treated Dan real well at a time that a lot of guys of his stature didn't have to. That's always impressive to hear about somebody that you really respected growing up, to hear that from somebody that had day-to-day interaction with him."
Showalter, who is 518-454 in his seven seasons with the Orioles, has a ways to go before he gets close to the top spot. Weaver who won 1,480 games as manager of the Orioles from 1969-1982 and 1985-1986 also won four American League pennants and the 1970 World Series.
Tuesday also marked Showalter's 1,400th career managerial victory, which broke a tie with Hall of Famer Wilbert Robinson for 28th place on the all-time wins list. Showalter also managed the Yankees (313 wins), D-backs (250) and Rangers (319).
Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook and Twitter @britt_ghiroli, and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.