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Happy Reds birthday, Paul Blair!

Blair

February 1, 1944

Paul Blair appeared in six World Series in his career, receiving two Championship rings with the Orioles and two with the Yankees. He joined the Reds in 1979 for 75 games, but returned to the Yankees to finish his career in 1980.

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R.I.P. Paul Blair

(February 1, 1944 – December 26, 2013)

Blair 1980 Topps

A centerfielder for the Orioles, Yankees, and Reds, Paul Blair passed away at the age of 69. Reports are that he collapsed while bowling. Blair was a two-time All-Star, eight-time Gold Glove winner, and four-time World Champion with the Orioles and Yankees. He spent part of the 1979 season with the Reds, but his last great season was 1974. Blair topped 5.0 in WAR three times, 6.0 once, and 7.0 once. For those learning about WAR (like me), 5.0+ is considered All-Star level, so he had five All-Star level seasons.

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