Former All-Star outfielder Paul Blair has died at the age of 69, based on a spokeswoman for Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.
Blair's wife, Gloria, informed the Baltimore Sun he collapsed at a celebrity bowling tournament in Pikesville, Maryland following a spherical of golf.
"Paul was honestly too tired, however he never says no," Gloria Blair mentioned. "Throughout a observe round, he threw two or three balls, then sat down and informed a buddy, `I feel humorous' and type of collapsed. He misplaced consciousness they usually referred to as 911 and the ambulance took him to [Sinai], but the doctors there told me they by no means got a pulse."
Blair spent thirteen of his 17 major-league seasons with the Orioles and alongside the way distinguished himself as among the finest defensive center fielders of all-time. He ended his career as a two-time All-Star and eight-time Gold Glove winner who additionally tallied 1,513 hits; 134 house runs and 171 stolen bases.
Based on Blair's SABR bio, he was born in 1944 in Cushing, Oklahoma and grew up in Los Angeles. Blair was originally signed by the expansion Mets in 1961 however was later nabbed by the Orioles when the Mets left him unprotected. Below Earl Weaver in Baltimore, Blair blossomed. He turned renown for taking part in an improbably shallow middle area and utilizing his velocity and practiced instincts to run down balls in all directions. With the bat, Blair developed energy and in 1969 hit a profession-greatest 26 homers on the season.
After late-profession stints with the Yankees and Reds, Blair retired in 1980 and became a coach – first inside the Yankees' organization and then for Fordham University and later Coppin State. His strongest baseball legacy, though, is as some of the worthwhile fielders of the modern period.