Friday, December 27, 2013

RIP - Paul Blair

It's been said that bad news comes in threes. Let's hope that's it for awhile... 

Former Baltimore Orioles' centerfielder Paul Blair passed away on December 26, 2013 in Baltimore at age 69. He collapsed after playing a round of golf earlier in the day.

Blair played from 1964-1980, and was the Orioles' centerfielder from 1965 to 1976, including the glory years of 1966, 1969-71, and 1973-74. He also played for the Yankees and Reds from 1977-80. Blair won 8 Gold Glove awards, and was an all-star in 1969 and 1973.

After his playing career, he was an outfield instructor for the Yankees and Astros, and a college baseball coach.

ESPN obituary

Sports Illustrated obituary


Jim from Downingtown said...

Paul Blair has been added to the "1960s Stars: Gone But Not Forgotten" section of this blog's sidebar.

Also added are Chico Ruiz, Don Wilson, and Danny Frisella - all who died while still active major-league players.

Jim from Downingtown said...

Also Bob Moose, Jim McGlothlin, and Paul Edmondson - all active players at the time of their deaths in the 1970s.