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The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
Orioles managing partner Peter Angelos released the following statement about Paul Blair, who died Thursday at age 69 : "It is with great sadness that we learned of Paul Blair's passing last evening. Paul was a key member of many of the Orioles' most memorable and successful teams, as his contributions at the plate and his Gold Glove defense in center field helped the club to two World Series and four AL pennants. After his on-field career, Paul made the Baltimore area his home and stayed involved with the organization through his appearances in the community and at the ballpark.
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Peter Schmuck | September 11, 2014
Paul Blair doesn't have a statue behind center field at Camden Yards, and he wasn't honored by the Orioles with a uniform patch this season after he passed away last December. But he does have a legion of fans in Baltimore who plan to honor him with signs and cheers when the Orioles and the New York Yankees play a doubleheader at Camden Yards on Friday. The grassroots tribute to a guy who was arguably the greatest defensive center fielder in club history began earlier in the week when Baltimore City Council Chairman Bernard C. “Jack” Young introduced a resolution honoring Blair, who made his major league debut with the Orioles 50 years ago this past Tuesday.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young wants to celebrate the life and career of baseball All-Star and longtime Orioles center fielder Paul Blair with a resolution that was introduced at Monday's City Council meeting. The resolution honors Blair, who played 13 seasons with the Orioles from 1964 to 1976, in advance of a ceremony to mark his contributions to the team and to Baltimore at the Orioles' game Friday. He is considered one of the greatest defensive center fielders in all of baseball.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | September 8, 2014
Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young wants to celebrate the life and career of baseball All-Star and longtime Orioles center fielder Paul Blair with a resolution that was introduced at Monday's City Council meeting. The resolution honors Blair, who played 13 seasons with the Orioles from 1964 to 1976, in advance of a ceremony to mark his contributions to the team and to Baltimore at the Orioles' game Friday. He is considered one of the greatest defensive center fielders in all of baseball.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
Few players could maneuver their way around center field at old Memorial Stadium like former Orioles outfielder Paul Blair. The eight Gold Gloves that Blair - who died on Thursday at the age of 69 - won during his time with the great Orioles teams of the 1960s and 1970s are a testament to that, but his former teammates remembered him Friday not only as an exceptional defender but also as a cherished teammate with a loquacious personality. In an era before web gems and defensive highlights aired on television, Blair was a showman and center field was his stage.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
When you grew up in Baltimore, in the late 1970s/early 1980s there were certain things you had to accept or you would never be able to speak at the dinner table. They were truths passed down by my father, brothers and sisters, and though I may not have witnessed the things with my own eyes, I had to accept them as the Gospel of Balmer. No quarterback was better than Johnny Unitas. Don't even try to suggest Joe Montana or that machine-gunning Dan Marino. There simply was no room for argument at my dinner table.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2014
Weeks before he unexpectedly collapsed and died at a Pikesville bowling alley on Dec. 26, former Orioles great Paul Blair spent Thanksgiving with his mother in Southern California. During that time, Blair, according to his niece Anjanette Preston, told his mother, "Mom, I've really had a great life. I am truly blessed. My dream was to grow up and be a baseball star. I got to fulfill my dream, and I am still living my dream. I am happy and content with my life and what I've become.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
When Hall of Famer Frank Robinson joined the Orioles in 1966, he was surprised by the youth the club had in key areas, including then-22-year-old center fielder Paul Blair who would play to Robinson's right for most of the next six seasons. Blair was coming off his first 100-plus-game season in the majors when the 30-year-old Robinson was acquired to man right field. “I didn't know how many years [Paul] had been there, I just had heard we had a [young] center fielder, a rookie second baseman [Davey Johnson]
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2013
While gathering reactions from former Orioles players on the death of Paul Blair, Orioles Hall of Famer Jim Palmer shared an interesting story with me. Palmer was quick to say how much Blair, who died Thursday at the age of 69, deserved a great deal of credit for the Orioles' success during the 1960s and '70s. He was especially important to Palmer, who said he wouldn't have been a Hall of Famer and wouldn't have won three Cy Young Awards without Blair patrolling center field.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
Everyone knows what Paul Blair could do with a glove in center field and what he meant to some of the greatest teams in Orioles history. He was a terrific outfielder - those who saw him every day say he was the best at that position in club history - and a great competitor. He was the real deal. No doubt about it. Blair was so real, in fact, that he could be blunt as a telephone pole on just about any subject, which probably cost him a few opportunities over the course of his post-baseball career.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2014
When the Playboy Club in Baltimore opened in 1964, it quickly carved a niche for itself in the city. Like its counterparts across the nation, the local franchise prided itself on being upscale and professional, former Playboy Bunnies who worked there said. More than 100 former Bunnies, who worked in clubs internationally from the '60s to the '80s, converged on Baltimore to share stories of the bygone businesses this weekend at their semiannual reunion. Several who worked in Baltimore's club said its appeal was much the same as the magazine's - they were mysterious and provocative.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2014
After former Orioles outfielder Paul Blair's baseball career was over, he often could be found on the golf course at Turf Valley Country Club in Ellicott City. Blair, who will be memorialized today, made a name for himself as one of the best defensive center fielders of his era, but there was no doubt that one of his post-playing passions was golf. He began playing at Turf Valley while playing for the Orioles in the early 1970s and had been a member of the club since 1978. Nicknamed “Motormouth” by Orioles Hall of Famer Frank Robinson because he never stopped talking, Blair was always looking to gather a group on the course in retirement.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2014
Weeks before he unexpectedly collapsed and died at a Pikesville bowling alley on Dec. 26, former Orioles great Paul Blair spent Thanksgiving with his mother in Southern California. During that time, Blair, according to his niece Anjanette Preston, told his mother, "Mom, I've really had a great life. I am truly blessed. My dream was to grow up and be a baseball star. I got to fulfill my dream, and I am still living my dream. I am happy and content with my life and what I've become.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 30, 2013
Orioles fans will have the opportunity to say goodbye to former center fielder Paul Blair on Friday, when Blair's family will host a greeting open to the public at Ruck's Funeral Home in Towson (1050 York Road) from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Orioles announced Monday evening. Blair, who played 13 of his 17 major league seasons with the Orioles and is a member of the Orioles Hall of Fame, died last Thursday at age 69 after collapsing at a Pikesville bowling alley. He won eight Gold Gloves, including seven straight, played in four World Series for the Orioles and was a member of Baltimore's 1966 and 1970 World Series championship teams.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | December 28, 2013
While gathering reactions from former Orioles players on the death of Paul Blair, Orioles Hall of Famer Jim Palmer shared an interesting story with me. Palmer was quick to say how much Blair, who died Thursday at the age of 69, deserved a great deal of credit for the Orioles' success during the 1960s and '70s. He was especially important to Palmer, who said he wouldn't have been a Hall of Famer and wouldn't have won three Cy Young Awards without Blair patrolling center field.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
When you grew up in Baltimore, in the late 1970s/early 1980s there were certain things you had to accept or you would never be able to speak at the dinner table. They were truths passed down by my father, brothers and sisters, and though I may not have witnessed the things with my own eyes, I had to accept them as the Gospel of Balmer. No quarterback was better than Johnny Unitas. Don't even try to suggest Joe Montana or that machine-gunning Dan Marino. There simply was no room for argument at my dinner table.
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By Eduardo A. Encina, The Baltimore Sun | January 3, 2014
After former Orioles outfielder Paul Blair's baseball career was over, he often could be found on the golf course at Turf Valley Country Club in Ellicott City. Blair, who will be memorialized today, made a name for himself as one of the best defensive center fielders of his era, but there was no doubt that one of his post-playing passions was golf. He began playing at Turf Valley while playing for the Orioles in the early 1970s and had been a member of the club since 1978. Nicknamed “Motormouth” by Orioles Hall of Famer Frank Robinson because he never stopped talking, Blair was always looking to gather a group on the course in retirement.
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By Colby Ware and Colby Ware,SUN STAFF | May 11, 2001
For former Oriole and world champion Paul Blair, coaching the Coppin State baseball team isn't so much about winning or losing, but about how to play the game. "The challenge here is teaching the game and still competing at the Division I level," he said. "It can be difficult keeping up." It has been a big challenge. Blair took over a 13-man squad in 1998 and lost 42 of 43 games after returning eight players from the previous year's team, which had a record of 16-24 under coach Jason Booker.
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By Peter Schmuck and The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
Everyone knows what Paul Blair could do with a glove in center field and what he meant to some of the greatest teams in Orioles history. He was a terrific outfielder - those who saw him every day say he was the best at that position in club history - and a great competitor. He was the real deal. No doubt about it. Blair was so real, in fact, that he could be blunt as a telephone pole on just about any subject, which probably cost him a few opportunities over the course of his post-baseball career.
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The Baltimore Sun | December 27, 2013
Orioles managing partner Peter Angelos released the following statement about Paul Blair, who died Thursday at age 69 : "It is with great sadness that we learned of Paul Blair's passing last evening. Paul was a key member of many of the Orioles' most memorable and successful teams, as his contributions at the plate and his Gold Glove defense in center field helped the club to two World Series and four AL pennants. After his on-field career, Paul made the Baltimore area his home and stayed involved with the organization through his appearances in the community and at the ballpark.
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