Two former MLB players tour Mediterranean bases
Two former Major League Baseball players are taking a swing around military bases in the Mediterranean.
Outfielder Paul Blair and first baseman, outfielder and designated hitter great Al Oliver will visit bases Thursday through May 4.
“They’ll be signing autographs and meeting and greeting people, just having a great time,” said Thomas Wilson, marketing director for Naples, Italy, Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
The former players also will share stories and baseball tips during the visits to Rota, Spain, April 29; Naples, April 30; La Maddalena, Sardinia, May 1; USS Emory S. Land, May 2; Sigonella, Sicily, May 3; and Souda Bay, Crete, May 4.
Oliver, a seven-time All-Star, is among baseball’s all-time top 50 in games played, hits, total bases, runs batted in and extra base hits. His 18-year career included a World Series championship with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1971 and a National League batting crown when he hit a career-high .331 while playing for the Montreal Expos in 1982.
Blair was a two-time All Star in 1969 and 1973. The eight-time Gold Glove winner was a member of the 1966 and 1970 World Series champion Baltimore Orioles and the 1977 and 1978 World Series champion New York Yankees. He led the American League in triples in 1967 with 12. Blair’s best season was in 1969, when his career-high 76 RBIs helped the Orioles make it to the World Series.