BALTIMORE – Paul Blair, the eight-time Gold Glove middle fielder who helped the Baltimore Orioles win a pair of World Sequence whereas gliding to make catches that former teammates still marvel at more than four decades later, has died. He was sixty nine.
Blair died Thursday night time at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore, in response to a hospital spokeswoman.
Blair's wife, Gloria, advised The Baltimore Sun that Blair played a spherical of golf with mates Thursday morning and later lost consciousness at a star bowling event in Pikesville.
"Paul was truthfully too tired, however he never says no," Gloria Blair told the newspaper. "During a observe round, he threw two or three balls, then sat down and instructed a buddy, 'I feel humorous' and sort of collapsed. He lost consciousness and so they referred to as 911 and the ambulance took him to (Sinai), but the medical doctors there told me they never bought a pulse."
Concentrate on Sport/Getty ImagesPaul Blair helped the Orioles to World Collection titles in 1966 and '70.
A member of the Orioles Hall of Fame, the favored Paul Blair patrolled the outfield from 1964 to 1976, playing key parts when Baltimore gained its first two World Series crowns in 1966 and 1970. He won two extra titles with the New York Yankees in 1977 and 1978, and likewise performed for Cincinnati.
In an period before spotlight reels had been a daily staple on TV, Blair often made catches that turned the discuss of baseball. Skinny and quick, he performed with aptitude – on the end of an inning, he would tuck his glove up in opposition to his chest for a regal trot again to the dugout.
"He performed very shallow. Folks talked about how Willie Mays performed shallow, and Paul did the same factor. He performed with assuredness," Don Buford, an All-Star left fielder who played alongside Blair for five seasons in Baltimore, told The Related Press late Thursday night.
"While you talk in regards to the biggest defensive middle fielders, he was right in the mix," Buford said. "With me in left and Frank Robinson in proper, we performed towards the strains and gave him lots of room. He may actually go get it."
In 17 seasons in the majors, Blair hit250 with 134 residence runs, 620 RBIs and 171 stolen bases. Blair appeared in six World Collection and two All-Star Video games, and gained Gold Gloves in 1967 and from 1969 to 1975.
In the 1966 World Series, Blair homered for the one run in Baltimore's Recreation three victory over Los Angeles.
The underdog Orioles completed an unlikely sweep the next day, with Blair leaping excessive above the fence at Memorial Stadium to snare Jim Lefebvre's bid for a tying house run in the eighth inning. It was a timely seize, too – Blair had just been inserted within the game as a defensive substitute.
Blair caught a routine fly by Lou Johnson with two runners on base for the ultimate out in Sport four and leaped excessive within the air after the clinching seize to start Baltimore's celebration.
Blair led the Orioles in the 1970 World Sequence with a474 common in Baltimore's five-game victory over Cincinnati. That 12 months, he hit three dwelling runs and had six RBIs in a sport against the Chicago White Sox.
Beaned by a pitch in late Could that season, Blair came again from the harm to spice up the Birds. Ever aware of being hit in the face, he would shield his face at first base when retreating to the bag on pickoff throws.
"It affected his hitting slightly bit after that, however not his fielding," Buford said.
Inducted into the Orioles Hall of Fame in 1984, Blair coached Fordham in 1983 and at Coppin State from 1998 to 2002. He had a heart attack in December 2009.
Blair played baseball and basketball and ran observe at Manual Arts High Faculty in Los Angeles.
He was originally drafted by the New York Mets and spent one season of their minor league system. The Orioles drafted him from the Mets in late 1962.
He match neatly into a staff built on sturdy protection – led by third baseman Brooks Robinson – and pitching, and Baltimore reached the World Collection four instances in six years. He was surrounded by stars, yet a picture or drawing of Blair typically made the cover of the Orioles' sport packages.
Pleasant within the clubhouse, he was referred to as "Motormouth" for his fixed banter.
"He'd be talking about something, and maybe you'd get two phrases in, and then he'd be off beginning one other dialog," Buford recalled.
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