Paul Blair was an oft-brilliant outfielder whose 17-year career saw him win 8 Gold Gloves and twice take home World Series titles with both Baltimore and the New York Yankees, respectively. He posted a 20/20 season in an All-Star season in 1969, was valued at 37.7 career bWAR, and even got a short cameo with the Cincinnati Reds at age-35 in his penultimate season of 1979.
While his career was superb, it’s his name that gets him mention here at Red Reporter today on this, a Friday when we shall list. Paul Blair, after all, gets spoonerized to Baul Plair, which sounds like ball player. There are funnier spoonerisms out there in the long history of the baseball world, but there are perhaps few more perfect than that one - one that gets mention today thanks to Blair’s brief time spent wearing the Cincinnati C on his uniform.
The following is an incomplete list of excellent potentially spoonerized names in Cincinnati Reds history alongside Blair’s, un-spoonered here so that you can have the enjoyment of spoonerizing them yourself in your own respective noggins.