Daily Archives: October 15, 2009

Jim Palmer’s Hall Of Fame Plaque

Elected to the Hall of Fame on his first ballot in 1990, Jim Palmer received 411 of the 444 votes counted.

With a pitching resume that could compare with the game’s greatest, the fact that Palmer fell short of the 300 wins mark by 32 victories did not hurt his reputation as one of the greatest pitchers from the 60’s, 70’s, and into the 80’s.

A true class act that stayed loyal to one team over the course of his career, Palmer still holds several Baltimore Oriole pitching records and remains a team favorite 25+ years since his retirement!!!

Congratulations on a fantastic career and Happy Birthday Mr. Jim Palmer!!!!

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Jim Palmer Owns 3 World Series Championship Rings!!

It’s very impressive that Jim Palmer has won three World Series Championships.

Equally impressive is that he played in 6 championship match-ups during his 19-year big league career.

However, what I find most impressive about Palmer and his World Series experiences is that he won a World Series in three different decades.  Jim Palmer and his Baltimore Orioles teammates won championships in 1966, 1970, and 1983!!  In those three championship runs, Palmer went a perfect 3-0 for the O’s while pitching 26 innings.  In those 26 innings, he allowed 8 runs while striking out 16. 

Simply Stellar!!!

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3 Cy Young Awards In 4 Seasons Ain’t Too Shabby…

I enjoy pitching dominance just like the rest of the baseball world.  And while I don’t always agree with the guy that ends up with the hardware at the end of the season, I am happy to see that Jim Palmer was credited as being the game’s best pitcher several times.

In a 4-year span from 1973-76, Palmer won the AL Cy Young Award 3 times.  Impressively, he dominated the league and was the leader of a very strong Orioles team.

A quick peek at the numbers:

Year Record Comp. Games ERA K’s Walks K’s:Walks
1973 22-9 19 2.40 158 113 1.4
1975 23-11 25 2.09 193 80 2.4
1976 22-13 23 2.51 159 84 1.9

 

Oh yeah, he also finished in second place in 1977 behind Sparky Lyle.  In a tight race, Lyle got 40% of the votes while Palmer tallied 34%. 

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Jim Palmer Recorded (8) 20+ Win Seasons!!!

Back in the day, the 20-game winner was the picture of pitching excellence.  Notching that 20th victory is what separated the elite pitcher from his peers. 

In today’s game, the team ace can be a 14-16 game winner.  But back in the 1960’s, 70’s, and 80’s – 20 was the number to strive for!!!

Jim Palmer reached or eclipsed that mark 8 times in his career.  And he did it during a 9-year span from 1970-78.  Had it not been for an injury plagued season in ’74, Palmer may have reached the 20-win mark for 9 straight years – very impressive!!! 

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Jim Palmer Goes The Distance…

I like numbers.  I like odd numbers.  I like impressive numbers.  In my line of work, I constantly play with numbers.

Of all of the impressive numbers on Jim Palmer’s resume, the one that stands out to me the most is:  211!

Jim Palmer threw 211 complete games during his magnificent 19-year baseball career.  Having started a total of 558 games during the regular season, Palmer went the distance in 37.8% of them!!!

By today’s standards nobody is even close to comparable!!!  Atta boy Mr. Palmer!!! 

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Jim Palmer Won 4 Gold Glove Awards!!!

Rounding out his skills as a dominant pitcher, Jim Palmer also excelled as a defensive pitcher.

Palmer won 4 consecutive Gold Glove awards honoring him as the American League’s top defensive pitcher for the 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1979 seasons.

And while Palmer cannot come close to comparing to the record number of Gold Gloves won by Greg Maddux for pitchers, he is one of just twelve pitchers to ever win the award since it’s start in 1957. 

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Jim Palmer Is A 6-time All-Star

I enjoy celebrating All-star appearances quite a bit more than I actually enjoy watching the games.  While it’s nice to see the game’s greatest players all on one field at one time, I find the game to lean on the boring side.  And I cannot stand the fact that it’s result affects the World Series – this is easily the dumbest thing baseball’s commissioner had done during his reign as baseball’s leader.

Enough about that…

Jim Palmer is a 6-time All-star.  And while pitchers don’t usually garner as many selections to the All-star team as position players do, I am very surprised that a player of Palmer’s caliber does not have more All-star credits on his resume.

Of his 6 selections, Palmer started 4 All-star games.  He made a relief appearance in one and did not appear in another.

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Happy Birthday Jim Palmer

Baltimore Orioles legend Jim Palmer turns 64 years old today. 

Jim Palmer is one of my favorite pitchers in baseball history.  Today I will celebrate his birthday by honoring some of his career achievements.

Happy Birthday Mr. Palmer!!! 

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