Paul Blair, winner of 8 Gold Gloves, dies at 69

Paul Blair, winner of 8 Gold Gloves, dies at 69
December 26, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Baltimore Orioles' outfielder Paul Blair is seen in Miami, Fla., 1968.

(AP Photo/Toby Massey)

Paul Blair, who won eight Gold Gloves patrolling center field for the Orioles in the 1960’s and 1970’s, died on Thursday in Pikesville, Md. He was 69.

The news was tweeted by Blair’s grandson, Paul Blair IV.

Blair played with the Orioles from 1964-1976, and won Gold Gloves in 1967 and from 1969-75.

He was traded to the Yankees in 1977, and played parts of four seasons for them as well as part of the 1979 season for Cincinnati.

Blair batted .250 in 17 seasons. His best offensive year came in 1969 when he hit .285 with 26 home runs and 76 RBIs. He also stole 20 bases.

He played in six World Series, and his teams won four. Blair was on the 1966 and 1970 Orioles as well as the Yankees in 1977 and 1978.

Blair coached in the Orioles, Yankees and Astros organization, and twice was a coach in college. In 1982, he coached at Fordham and from 1998-2002 at Baltimore’s Coppin State.

In recent years, Blair, who lived in Ellicott City, Md., made frequent appearances for the Orioles.