Orioles fans will have the opportunity to say goodbye to former center fielder Paul Blair on Friday, when Blair’s family will host a greeting open to the public at Ruck’s Funeral Home in Towson (1050 York Road) from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., the Orioles announced Monday evening.
Blair, who played 13 of his 17 major league seasons with the Orioles and is a member of the Orioles Hall of Fame, died last Thursday at age 69 after collapsing at a Pikesville bowling alley.
He won eight Gold Gloves, including seven straight, played in four World Series for the Orioles and was a member of Baltimore’s 1966 and 1970 World Series championship teams.
Blair was the husband of Gloria P. Blair; the son of Zephra Lee Blair and the late Paul Blair Sr.; the father of Paul Blair III, Paula Blair, Kevin Blair, and the late Terrence Blair; and the brother of Paulette Blair. He is also survived by five grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other family members.
The family will hold a private memorial service.
Blair was born in Cushing, Okla., and went to high school in Los Angeles, but he called Baltimore his home since his playing days. In retirement, he was active in numerous community and charitable events, many on behalf of the Orioles and the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association.
Blair’s family is asking that memorial contributions be sent in the name to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn., 38105.