We love current Orioles' center fielder Adam Jones, but the first O's center fielder we adored—and emulated as kids chasing fly balls—was the graceful Paul Blair.
The eight-time Gold Glove winner, who helped lead the Orioles to World Series titles in 1966 and 1970, died last night after collapsing at a Pikesville bowling alley. He was 69 years old.
"When you talk about the greatest defensive center fielders, he was right in the mix," former O's leftfielder Don Buford told the Associated Press. "With me in left and Frank Robinson in right, we played toward the lines and gave him a lot of room. He could really go get it."
Gloria Blair, his wife of 42 years, told the Baltimore Sun that her husband had played golf Thursday morning with friends and headed over to the AMF Pikesville Lanes afterwards to participate in a celebrity bowling tournament.