Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young wants to celebrate the life and career of baseball All-Star and longtime Orioles center fielder Paul Blair with a resolution that was introduced at Monday's City Council meeting.
The resolution honors Blair, who played 13 seasons with the Orioles from 1964 to 1976, in advance of a ceremony to mark his contributions to the team and to Baltimore at the Orioles' game Friday. He is considered one of the greatest defensive center fielders in all of baseball.
“Paul Blair spent the majority of his career in Baltimore and continued to give back to the city long after that career had ended,” Young said in a statement. “His performance on and off the field was outstanding to watch.”
Young said at the council meeting that he was joining the “grassroots” effort to honor Blair, and he asked people to bring signs Friday to the Orioles' game against the New York Yankees to remember Blair and his contributions.
Blair, 69, died in December after collapsing at a Pikesville bowling alley. He had previously lived in Oklahoma and California.
He spent much of his retirement golfing at Turf Valley, bowling or participating in charity events, including lending his support to Young's President's Cup Tournament. The event is an annual citywide baseball tournament that raises money for renovations of Baltimore fields.
Blair won eight Gold Gloves and played in four World Series during his time with the Orioles.