13. Paul Blair
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: February 1, 1944 in Cushing, OK USA
  • Weight: 168 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: September 09, 1964
  • Final Game: June 20, 1980
  • Gold Glove - 1967
  • Gold Glove - 1969
  • TSN All-Star - 1969
  • Gold Glove - 1970
  • Gold Glove - 1971
  • Gold Glove - 1972
  • Gold Glove - 1973
  • Gold Glove - 1974
  • TSN All-Star - 1974
  • Gold Glove - 1975
 
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Paul Blair is another one of the great defensive gems that the Orioles had in the 1960s and 1970s, and he patrolled the Centerfield position at an elite level for years.

Blair would win the Gold Glove eight times, was first in Total Zone Runs amongst American League Centerfielders seven times, and he finished in the top ten in Defensive bWAR six times.  Blair’s glove would help the Orioles win the 1966 and 1970 World Series Championship.

While he was not the most patient hitter (his OBP was only .306), his .254 Batting Average was decent, and he was an excellent bunter.  He led the AL in Triples in 1967, was twice an All-Star, and he would have three 15 Home Run seasons and three 20 Stolen Base seasons for the O's.

Blair would be traded to New York in 1977.  He would win two more World Series Rings with the Yankees.  With the Orioles, he had 1,426 Hits with 126 Home Runs and 167 Stolen Bases.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Outfield
  • Acquired: Drafted from the New York Mets in the 1962 first-year draft 6/19/62.
  • Departed: Traded to the New York Yankees for Rick Bladt and Elliott Maddox 1/20/77.
  • Games Played: 1700
  • Notable Statistics: 737 Runs
    1,426 Hits
    269 Doubles
    51 Triples
    126 Home Runs
    567 Runs Batted In
    167 Stolen Bases
    .254/.306/.388 Slash Line
    39.7 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Champion (1966 & 1970)
    All-Star (1969 & 1973)
    Gold Glove (1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 & 1975)
    Most Triples (1967)
    Highest Power-Speed # (1969)
    Most Total Zone Runs (1969)
    Most Putouts by a Centerfielder (1967 & 1969)
    Most Assists by a Centerfielder (1967)
    Most Total Zone Runs by a Centerfielder (1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 & 1974)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a Centerfielder (1967, 1968 & 1969)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Centerfielder (1965, 1971 & 1975)

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