The family of former Orioles OF Paul Blair will hold a public event Friday where fans can pay their respects to the eight time Gold Glove winner.
Blair’s family will greet fans and well-wishers Friday 2-8pm at Ruck’s Funeral Home (1050 York Road in Towson). In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105.
Blair died at 69 last week after a collapse at an area bowling alley. He played 13 of his 17 MLB seasons in Baltimore and lived in the area after his playing days.
Orioles managing partner Peter Angelos issued the following statement on the passing of former Orioles center fielder Paul Blair:
“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. On behalf of the Orioles I extend my condolences to his wife, Gloria, and his family.”
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.
Paul Blair spent an hour on WNST.net & 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.