Palmer, Jim

James Alvin Palmer
Born: October 15, 1945, New York, New York
Played For: 
Baltimore Orioles (1965-1984)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1990

Jim Palmer was the high-kicking, smooth-throwing hurler of Baltimore's six championship teams of the 1960s, '70s and '80s. His impressive numbers include 268 victories, a .638 winning percentage, eight 20-win seasons and a 2.86 ERA over 19 seasons. He also pitched his entire career without allowing a grand slam. Intensity was the trademark of this three-time Cy Young Award winner, who combined intelligence, strength, competitiveness and consistency to become the Orioles' all-time winningest pitcher.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Jim Palmer is the only pitcher to win World Series games in three decades, as he earned victories for the Orioles in the 1966, '70, '71 and '83 Fall Classics?
Most pitchers are too smart to manage.