Paul Blair (American football)

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Paul Blair
Personal information
Date of birth: (1882-05-30)May 30, 1882
Place of birth: Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Date of death: December 11, 1904(1904-12-11) (aged 22)
Place of death: Latrobe, Pennsylvania
Career history

Paul Blair (May 30, 1882 – December 11, 1904) was a professional football player for the Latrobe Athletic Association in 1904. He was also the brother of Latrobe player, Eddie Blair. After the 1904 season, Blair was killed when he was hit by train walking along the Pennsylvania Railroad line between Latrobe, Pennsylvania and nearby Derry. The train's crew then loaded Paul's body on the train. Paul's father, John Blair, who was a railroad employee, recognized the shoe on the body that was just struck by the train, as being his son's. Latrobe players Harry Ryan and John Brallier served as pallbearers at the funeral.

The Latrobe football team also reportedly sent a beautiful floral wreath, standing on a pillar, to the Blair home. It stood almost five feet high. In the wreath were the words "Latrobe Football Team, 1904," while the words were intertwined with the colors of the team.


  • Van Atta, Robert (1980). "Latrobe, PA: Cradle of Pro Football" (PDF). Coffin Corner. Professional Football Researchers Association. 2 (Annual): 1–21. 
  • "Picked Up Son's Shoe, Disclosed His Death". The Latrobe, PA "Bulletin (December 12). 1904.