Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Paul Blair, 2004 Fleer Greats #41
Before we turn the page on 2013, let's take a moment to remember the members of the Oriole family who left us over the past 365 days, including Paul Blair, the eight-time Gold Glove-winning center fielder and two-time All-Star who passed away at age 69 last Thursday after collapsing at a Pikesville bowling alley. Blair had called Baltimore his home since spending 13 of his 17 big league seasons in an O's uniform. Some other recently departed:
-Hall of Fame Manager Earl Weaver, 82, heart attack on January 19.
-Catcher and first baseman Earl Williams, 64, acute myeloid leukemia on January 28.
-Pitcher and Mount St. Joseph's grad Lou Sleater, 86, lung disease on March 25.
-Catcher Gus Triandos, 82, died in his sleep on March 28.
-Pitcher Bob Turley, 82, liver cancer on March 30.
-Infielder Grady Hatton, 90, natural causes on April 11.
-Outfielder Drungo LaRue Hazewood, 53, ampullary cancer on July 28.
-Pitcher Jack Harshman, 86, unknown causes on August 17.
-Pitcher Babe Birrer, 84 or 85 (sources vary), unknown causes on November 19.
-Pitcher George Werley, 75, unknown causes on November 21.