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(ABC 27)   Paul Blair, baseball legend who helped the Orioles and Yankees each win two World Series championships, has gone to the big diamond in the sky at age 69   (abc27.com) divider line 23
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2013-12-27 01:05:33 AM
Quick, someone check his brain.
 
2013-12-27 01:11:39 AM
Build it and he will come.....
 
2013-12-27 01:29:43 AM
R.I.P Paul Blart

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2013-12-27 01:37:51 AM
Great career. RIP.
 
2013-12-27 02:28:23 AM
Sadly, Paul Blair will most likely go down in baseball history as the man Billy Martin sent out to replace Reggie Jackson in the outfield immediately prior to their celebrated dugout near-fight.  His talent at the sport deserves far better.
 
2013-12-27 03:03:30 AM

mactheknife: Sadly, Paul Blair will most likely go down in baseball history as the man Billy Martin sent out to replace Reggie Jackson in the outfield immediately prior to their celebrated dugout near-fight.  His talent at the sport deserves far better.


8 career Gold Gloves along with 2 World Series wins with the Orioles before he even went to the Yankees make me think of that episode as only a footnote, unless someone is just particularly Yankee-centric.
 
2013-12-27 08:25:24 AM

DrBenway: mactheknife: Sadly, Paul Blair will most likely go down in baseball history as the man Billy Martin sent out to replace Reggie Jackson in the outfield immediately prior to their celebrated dugout near-fight.  His talent at the sport deserves far better.

8 career Gold Gloves along with 2 World Series wins with the Orioles before he even went to the Yankees make me think of that episode as only a footnote, unless someone is just particularly Yankee-centric.


Footnote indeed has most Yankee fans have obscure views regarding the rest of baseball.

/he could ball
//rip
 
2013-12-27 09:03:38 AM
I saw him run into the C/F fence at Memorial Stadium many times when I was a kid. I remember him hitting a solo home run in the 3rd game of the 1966 World Series that was the only run of the game. He was always friendly to fans; he was a gracious and funny man. Condolences to his wife and family.
 
2013-12-27 09:08:13 AM
Sad news. I was more than happy to get him in pinstripes back in the day. Blair had a stellar career and was a joy to watch. That man could cover some serious ground.
 
2013-12-27 09:13:02 AM
Brooks, Belanger and Blair.

Pretty good defense right there.
 
2013-12-27 09:19:20 AM

shanteyman: I saw him run into the C/F fence at Memorial Stadium many times when I was a kid. I remember him hitting a solo home run in the 3rd game of the 1966 World Series that was the only run of the game. He was always friendly to fans; he was a gracious and funny man. Condolences to his wife and family.


I miss those days back at Memorial Stadium. But the traffic getting there? Not so much.
 
2013-12-27 09:28:32 AM
He was on my strat-o-,matic team.  Awesome player.  Those orioles teams from that era were loaded.


/RIP Mr. Blair
 
2013-12-27 09:37:07 AM
My first real glove was a Wilson Paul Blair model. I had it all the way through divorce number one.
 
2013-12-27 09:48:36 AM

Farkomatic: shanteyman: I saw him run into the C/F fence at Memorial Stadium many times when I was a kid. I remember him hitting a solo home run in the 3rd game of the 1966 World Series that was the only run of the game. He was always friendly to fans; he was a gracious and funny man. Condolences to his wife and family.

I miss those days back at Memorial Stadium. But the traffic getting there? Not so much.


Yeah getting in and out of there was a pain. The only time it was ever easy was the year the O's started out like 1-30, that was a bad bad year.
 
2013-12-27 10:02:12 AM
I see that he is in the Orioles Hall of Fame, does he by chance still have a shot at Cooperstown? His batting stats are not that great but it sounds like he was one of the best at playing defense. He played beyond my time but it sounds like with multiple Gold Gloves you think he would be in the Hall of Fame.
 
2013-12-27 10:15:46 AM
I was a kid in DC in the early 70's.  Paul Blair inspired me to want to become an outfielder and watching him (and for the most part, that whole Orioles team) sparked a love of baseball that has been with me my whole life.

RIP Mr. Blair.  Your positive effect went way beyond your reach
 
2013-12-27 11:28:42 AM
Sad day for both the Yankee and Oriole organizations. Hell of a player and a class act.
 
2013-12-27 12:14:31 PM
God, he was a great center fielder. As a Reds fan, the 70 series was demoralizing, but you had to give the O's credit for just dominating, and Blair was a huge part of that.
 
2013-12-27 12:27:25 PM

kdawg7736: I see that he is in the Orioles Hall of Fame, does he by chance still have a shot at Cooperstown? His batting stats are not that great but it sounds like he was one of the best at playing defense. He played beyond my time but it sounds like with multiple Gold Gloves you think he would be in the Hall of Fame.


I checked his b-r page and he got knocked off the ballot in his first year of eligibility (1.9% in 1986).  So he's at the mercy of the Veterans' Committee.
 
2013-12-27 01:22:15 PM

buckeyebrain: kdawg7736: I see that he is in the Orioles Hall of Fame, does he by chance still have a shot at Cooperstown? His batting stats are not that great but it sounds like he was one of the best at playing defense. He played beyond my time but it sounds like with multiple Gold Gloves you think he would be in the Hall of Fame.

I checked his b-r page and he got knocked off the ballot in his first year of eligibility (1.9% in 1986).  So he's at the mercy of the Veterans' Committee.


Thanks for the info. Maybe the VC will vote him in soon.
 
2013-12-27 07:06:11 PM

Three-Headed Dog: Sad news. I was more than happy to get him in pinstripes back in the day. Blair had a stellar career and was a joy to watch. That man could cover some serious ground.


Same here. I loved watching the guy play in the outfield and I even remember him playing the infield a few times. Talented and versatile fielder. RIP, Mr. Blair.
 
2013-12-27 07:18:52 PM

MFAWG: My first real glove was a Wilson Paul Blair model. I had it all the way through divorce number one.


If it makes you feel better, your ex's boyfriend enjoys the hell out of that glove.
 
2013-12-27 09:56:23 PM
It's a rare guy who brings O's and Yankee fans together.

RIP, Mr. Blair.
 
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