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Hall of Famer Weaver parting with treasures

Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver is auctioning off 47 of his treasured keepsakes, including his 1966 World Series ring and jerseys received as gifts from Cal Ripken Jr. and Eddie Murray.

The former Baltimore Orioles skipper will earn tens of thousands of dollars from the sale, but Weaver says he doesn’t need the money and isn’t keeping any of it.

“I have four children. They have children, and their children have children,” said Weaver, who turns 81 in August. “I don’t know how to divide whatever memorabilia there is among them.”

It’s far simpler to split cash, so Weaver decided to sell the items and distribute the proceeds equally among the family.

“To me, it seems like the logical thing to do. I hate to (part) with some of the things I’ve accumulated, but I think that’s the easiest thing for me to do before I pass,” Weaver said. “I don’t know what would happen then. The auction is the best way for me to take care of everything.”

Weaver won 1,480 games, four American League pennants and a World Series over 17 seasons with the Orioles.

Along the way, he had five seasons with at least 100 wins, clashed with many an umpire in boisterous fashion and accumulated hundreds of mementos.

GEORGE STEINBRENNER, FBI MOLE

The FBI released documents stating that New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner assisted the agency in two investigations — one of them apparently a terrorism probe — in the years leading up to his pardon by President Ronald Reagan on a campaign-contributions conviction.

The Associated Press and other news organizations requested the FBI file under the Freedom of Information Act following Steinbrenner’s death in July.

The memo disclosed Monday described one probe in which Steinbrenner assisted as “an undercover operation” that ultimately led to an arrest, prosecution and conviction. The FBI described the other investigation simply as “a sensitive security matter.”

The FBI deleted all specifics about the probes before releasing the bureau’s file on Steinbrenner.

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