Sunday, March 9, 2014

1978 Topps Baseball #114 - Paul Blair


  • Paul Blair wasn't used very much by the Yankees in 1978. Blair started 20 games -- the remainder of his appearances were as a late inning defensive replacement. Paul also made some appearances in the infield.
  • On December 26, 2013 Paul passed away. He played a round of golf that morning and then collapsed at a celebrity bowling tournament later in the day. Paul was 69 years old.
  • 1978 Stats:
    • Regular Season:  .176, 2 HR, 13 RBI in 75 games
    • AL Championship Series: .000 (0 for 6) in 4 games
    • World Series: .375 (3 for 8) in 6 games
  • 1978 Highlights: 
    • Aug 29 - Singled in the winning run off of Dave LaRoche in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Yankees beat the California Angels 3-2. Graig Nettles doubled to lead off the inning. He was sacrificed to third and then the Angels walked the next two batters to load the bases and to get to Blair.
    • Oct 14 - Went 2 for 4 and scored the tying run in the bottom of the 8th as the Yankees won Game 3 of the World Series. The Yankees beat the LA Dodgers 4-3.