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Hall of Fame manager Earl Weaver is auctioning off his baseball memorabilia to avoid any conflict among his heirs when he dies, the Charlotte Observer reported.

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Weaver, the Baltimore Orioles' winningest manager, is selling 47 items, including his Hall of Fame induction ring and a 1966 World Series ring he received for managing Rochester, the Orioles' Triple-A farm team.

The auction, to be held Saturday in Chicago, is expected to net as much as $150,000.

The 80-year-old said an auction was a much easier way to divide his belongings evenly to his children in his will.

"Not all of my things are worth the same, so how would it be distributed to my four children?" said Weaver. "They might all want the same piece, and I don't want them to get disturbed or mad.

"The smartest thing I can do is to sell [the memorabilia], take the money and divide it equally, so they can do what they want -- whether it's to set up a college fund for a grandchild, or take a trip around the world. That way, I'll get to watch them enjoy the money, too."

Weaver's children, aged between 52 and 60, all agreed with the plan, according to the report.

Weaver won the World Series for real with the Orioles in 1970, but said he would not be parting with all his treasures.

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