Paul Blair collapses at local bowling alley, dead at 69

December 26, 2013 | WNST Staff

Former Baltimore Orioles centerfielder Paul Blair died tonight at the age of 69 after collapsing at a Pikesville bowling alley.

Blair had golfed earlier this week and was an avid bowler. He collapsed after a practice round of ten-pin bowling around 7 p.m. There were several off-duty nurses at the facility, and he was attended to quickly by paramedics, but they couldn’t resuscitate Blair, who died en route to the hospital.

Blair spent seventeen seasons in the big leagues – with the Baltimore Orioles (1964–76), New York Yankees (1977–79, 1980) and Cincinnati Reds (1979). He was the starting center fielder for the Orioles when they won two World Series Championships, four American League (AL) pennants and five AL East titles from 1966 to 1974. One of baseball‘s best defensive players at his position, he earned the Gold Glove Award eight times, including seven consecutive from 1969 to 1975.

Paul Blair spent an hour on & AM 1570 this summer with Glenn Clark and Nestor Aparicio, discussing a wide range of topics from Adam Jones to Chris Davis to PED use amongst modern baseball players. You can here it at our BuyAToyota Audio Vault here and here.

More WNSTv video with Paul Blair here:


And in tribute to Paul Blair, a GIF of his famous 1966 World Series catch.

4 Comments For This Post

  1. randy Says:

    The way this legend died just scares this man.I only pray he had a good understanding with the lord.

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    At least he didn’t suffer. RIP Paul your gift to this town will always be remembered.

  3. James -Dundalk Says:

    Paul Blair ranked right up there with Johnny U, Arte Donovan & Mike Flanigan. Good Guys who came here, played here,lived here,and cared about Baltimore. R.I.P #6

  4. chris Says:

    My dad talked about Paul Blair on the same level as Johnny U and Brookes Robinson. I was able to meet him twice as a kid in passing and have to say he was extremely nice. it was also great to have a legend stay locally after his playing career.

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