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Paul Blair: 1944-2013

Dec 26, 2013, 9:51 PM EDT

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Very sad news to pass along this evening, as Roch Kubatko of reports that former major league outfielder Paul Blair has passed away at the age of 69.

An eight-time Gold Glove Award winner, Blair compiled a .250/.302/.382 batting line over 17 seasons in the majors between the Orioles, Yankees and Reds. He’s best known for the 13 seasons he spent in Baltimore, during which he won all of his Gold Gloves, made two All-Star appearances and was a part of World Series championship teams in 1966 and 1970. He ranks seventh in franchise history in games played, eighth in stolen bases and 11th in hits and runs scored.

Blair was traded to the Yankees after the 1976 season and soon added two more World Series titles to his impressive resume. Below is video of his game-winning hit in the 12th inning of Game 1 of the 1977 World Series against the Dodgers. The Yankees ultimately won the series in six games.

As our own Matthew Pouliot notes, Blair is second all-time in defensive WAR (wins above replacement) among outfielders, trailing only Andruw Jones. Hall of Famer Willie Mays ranks third.

We’ll add reaction to Blair’s passing throughout the evening.

  1. barrypiatoff - Dec 27, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Reblogged this on The Second Time Around and commented:
    As a Yankees’ fan, forever thankful for Paul Blair’s 9th inning lead off single in the 1977 finale vs. the KC Royals that began the Yanks’ winning rally. R.I.P.

  2. proudliberal85392 - Dec 27, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    RIP, Paul. Watching him and Roberto Clemente play the outfield was a treat of its own.

  3. sportsguygerald - Dec 27, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    RIP Paul Blair. Was truly a pleasure watching his graceful play in centerfield

  4. misterj167 - Dec 27, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    A lot of people also forget that Blair hit a 2-run homer in the only game the Orioles won in the ’69 Series!

  5. nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 28, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    OK, since Craig C. seems busy today, someone has to say the obvious: Paul Blair was one really good looking dude.

  6. jeremycmurray - Dec 29, 2013 at 5:03 PM

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