Paul Blair

Center Field

1964—1980

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Player LeveL
Star
All-time rank
Center Field RANK
#42

Player Detail

Paul L. D.
GIVEN NAME
Blair
SURNAME
February 1, 1944, in Cushing, OK
BORN
December 26, 2013, in Baltimore, MD, USA
DIED
1964—1980
Playing Career
Played from 20-36
PLAYING AGE
Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees
Cincinnati Reds
Teams Played For
Center Field
PRIMARY POSITION
The Birds
PRIMARY TEAM
1966, 1970
World Series titles
Motormouth
NICKNAME
6
UNIFORM NUMBER
#2 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
6-0 / 168
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Right / Right
BATTED / THREW
September 9, 1964
Major League Debut
June 20, 1980
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Paul Blair?

Fantastic defensive center fielder for Orioles dynasty that won pennants in 1966, 1969, 1970, and 1971.

50

HITTING

50

POWER

70

RUNNING

70

FIELDING

70

THROWING
20 = NOT MLB CALIBER
30 = WELL BELOW AVG
40 = Below Average
50 = MLB AVERAGE
60 = ABOVE AVG
70 = EXCELLENT
80 = RARE, ELITE
In Game Two of the 1969 World Series, Blair singled in the seventh inning to break up Jerry Koosman’s no-hit bid.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
1947
1513
134
620
.250
2 ALL-STAR SELECTIONS

Teammate Team

CATCHER:
First Base:
Second Base:
Shortstop:
Third Base:
Left Field:
Center Field:
Right Field:
Pitcher:
pitcher:
manager:

BEST SEASON

1969 Orioles

25 Years Old

.285
AVG
26
HR
76
RBI
102
RUNS
.327
OBP
178
HITS
32
2B
5
3B
.477
SLG
40
BB
20
SB
7.1
WAR

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.250
.302
.382

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.684
.720
95.4

PLAYER OPS COMPARED TO AVERAGE PLAYER AT HIS POSITION IN HIS LEAGUE AND ERA. OPS = ON-BASE + SLUGGING.

Hall of Fame Worthy?

JAWS JAWS BY HOFER
36.6
60.2

PLAYER JAWS COMPARED TO HOF PLAYER AT HIS POSITION. JAWS = AVERAGE OF CAREER WAR & WAR7.

Paul Blair Per Season

PER 600 PLATE APPEARANCES COMPARED TO Contemporaries AT HIS POSITION

AB H R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB TB TRB AVG OBP SLG OPS
Blair
543
136
70
25
5
12
56
40
79
15
207
178
.250
.302
.382
684
AVG CF
537
142
72
23
5
12
65
50
80
16
211
195
.264
.328
.392
.720

Paul Blair Rankings

AT Center Field BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
42
51
48
48
86
Updated THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2020

AT Center Field BY VALUE

CAREER LONG PEAK PRIME SHORT PEAK
55
31
38
27
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Paul Blair PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
37.7
35.5
24.8
19.8
3.13
74.6
45.7
33.5
22.8
5.28
BLUE = Paul Blair
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME CF

WIN SHARES COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WIN SHARES 7 WIN SHARES 5C WIN SHARES 3 WS PER SN
185.7
139.7
99.4
73.1
15.4
373.6
214.5
156.7
102.8
28.1
BLUE = Paul Blair
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME CF

— Explanation of Advanced Statistics —

Wins Above Replacement is a non-standardized sabermetric statistic developed to sum up a player’s total contributions to his team. A player’s WAR value is claimed to be the number of additional wins his team has achieved above the number of expected team wins if that player were substituted with a replacement-level player:

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called PLAYER PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Wins Above Replacement (WAR) per season (calculated for 162 games).

Advanced statistical method devised by Bill James. A Win Share represents one-third of a team win, by definition, and takes into account defense, offense, baserunning, park effects, and level of competition, era, and many other factors.

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Win Shares per season (calculated for 162 games).

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