Jim Palmer

Jim Palmer spent 19 seasons (1965-1984) in the big leagues pitching for the Baltimore Orioles and during that time the high-kicking right hander was one of the premier hurlers in the American League. He would go on to be the winningest pitcher in franchise history, and as a key member of an outstanding pitching staff in Baltimore he won 20 or more games 8 times. He led the league in ERA twice, in wins 3 times, and earned the AL Cy Young Award in 1973, ’75 & ’76. His 186 wins were the most by any pitcher during the 1970s. His career totals include a 268-152 record, 2212 strikeouts, 2.86 lifetime ERA, and 53 shutouts. He was a member of the AL All-Star team 6 times, pitched a no-hitter in 1969, and won 4 Gold Gloves.  In 1966, at the age of 20 he became the youngest pitcher to throw a complete game shutout in the World Series and as a member of World Championship teams in 1966, 1970 & 1983, he became the only pitcher in history to play for championship teams in three different decades. He was also a member of AL pennant winners in 1969, ’71, & ’79, and Eastern Division winners in 1973 & ’74.  His postseason record was 8-3 with a 2.61 ERA. He also holds the distinction of never having surrendered a grand slam home run. His #22 was retired by the Orioles in 1985, and he was elected to the Hall of Fame by the BBWAA in 1990.

Tony Milito

Jim Palmer

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January 20, 2013

White Plains, NY

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