#1. Paul Blair (1965-1976)
An eight-time Gold Glove winner. A four-time World Series champion. A two-time All-Star. An amazing baseball player.
These are all ways you could describe former Orioles Centerfielder, Paul Blair.
Born on February 1, 1944, in Cushing, Oklahoma, Paul Blair spent 17 years in the majors. He played 13 seasons with the Orioles, four for the New York Yankees and appeared in 75 games for the Cincinnati Reds in 1979.
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During his tenure in Baltimore, Blair appeared in an even 1700 games. He currently sits in 11th place all-time for highest WAR as an Oriole (39.7) and ranks 8th in franchise history for total stolen bases. Blair was 167-for-257 (65%) in stolen base attempts.
With 12 triples in 1967, Blair led the American League that year. His .293 average was second to Frank Robinson’s .311.
Overall in 33 postseason games, Blair hit .260, with three home runs and 14 RBI’s. His best postseason numbers came in the 1970 World Series. Against the Cincinnati Reds, Blair went 9-for-19 (.474) in five games, knocking in three runs.
This past December marked four years since Paul’s passing. A current member of the Orioles Hall-of-Fame, Blair will forever be remembered for how efficiently he played the game.