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February 12, 1990 | MARK HYMAN, BALTIMORE SUN
As a child in New York, Beverly Hills and Scottsdale, Ariz., Jim Palmer saw his future clearly. He was going to be a baseball pitcher and, if he kept his fastball down and away, a famous one. In 19 seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, Palmer achieved all he had seen and then some. He won 268 games, and, in the minds of many, emerged as the best pitcher on his team, in his league and maybe of his era. That was reflected when, by a 92.
September 25, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
As the Angels packed their bags, Albert Pujols extended his hand to Mark Trumbo. "Take care. Finish strong," Pujols said. "I'll be in touch. " This was all wrong. Trumbo and the Angels were headed to Texas, to try to knock the Rangers out of the playoffs. Pujols was headed home, his season ended by injury in July. BOX SCORE: Angels 3, Oakland 1 Manager Mike Scioscia and General Manager Jerry Dipoto were headed to Texas too, neither one sure of whether he would be working for the Angels next week.
April 26, 1985 | PATRICIA WARD BIEDERMAN, Times Staff Writer
"I want to see the man with his clothes on," 25-year-old Carole Fazio said. "I always admired him in his underwear." Fazio stood Thursday in the lingerie department of Bullock's Sherman Oaks store, waiting to meet Jim Palmer, the former pitcher-turned-pitchman for Jockey brand underwear. At 39, Palmer no longer plays ball, but he continues to strip down to his skivvies in ads that have made him the man against whom other jockey-shorted men are silently measured.
March 13, 1991 | From Associated Press
A day after his first appearance in seven years, Jim Palmer retired again. The 45-year-old Hall of Famer abandoned his comeback attempt Tuesday, citing the hamstring injury he aggravated before Monday's exhibition against the Boston Red Sox. "I talked to Frank Robinson this morning," the three-time Cy Young Award winner said. "He said, 'Are you sure?' I said, 'I'm not, but my leg is."' Palmer was pounded by the Red Sox, giving up five hits and two runs in two innings.
February 28, 1988 | RICHARD JUSTICE, The Washington Post
The last time Jim Palmer was at spring training with the Baltimore Orioles, life was a bore. The roster was all but set, the championship rings were ordered and most of the suspense had to do with the best tans, lowest golf scores and finding the best stone crabs. As Earl Weaver once told his team, "It stinks, Boys, so let's get our work in and make our tee times." Times have changed.
February 19, 1989 | RAY FRAGER, The Baltimore Sun
In a way, the selection of Jim Palmer as play-by-play man for the Baltimore Orioles' telecasts here is quite fitting. This year's Orioles are going to be short on experience. And when it comes to play-by-play, Palmer is the greenest of rookies. Although Palmer started working for ABC even before his pitching days ended in 1984, it has been exclusively as an analyst. What little play-by-play he has done has come for Home Team Sports -- just a handful of games.
Early next week, he is expected to enter the most exclusive fraternity in sports, the baseball Hall of Fame. But right now he's only another biker, tennis player and golfer using the facilities on this picturesque island just a few miles from downtown Miami. It's just the way Jim Palmer likes it. The talk is about backhand winners, birdie putts and what is happening in the world outside of sports.
February 14, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Hall of Famer Jim Palmer pitched to minor league hitters for 15 minutes Wednesday at Coral Gables, Fla., as several scouts, including one representing the Baltimore Orioles, evaluated the 45-year-old right-hander's chances for a comeback.
March 12, 1991 | Associated Press
Jim Palmer, trying to revive his career at age 45, looked like a batting practice pitcher in his spring training debut for Baltimore. With a fastball barely reaching 75 m.p.h., he struggled for two innings against the Boston Red Sox, giving up two runs on five hits, a walk and a balk. "I was disappointed," Palmer said. "I expected more from myself. I would like to have done better. But I think it would be premature to quit now. If I did, I still wouldn't know if I could do it."
March 8, 1991 | TED BROCK
Serious fans of college baseball need not be reminded that in the 1987 College World Series, Stanford's Paul Carey hit a grand slam off Louisiana State's Ben McDonald, keeping the Cardinal alive en route to the NCAA title. This week, the Baltimore Orioles acquired Carey, who played last season with the independent Class-A Miami Miracle. When Jim Henneman of the Baltimore Evening Sun told McDonald that Carey would be his new teammate, the pitcher said: "Good.
Pitching competitively for the first time since May, 1984, Jim Palmer worked two innings of an intrasquad game at the Baltimore Orioles training complex Wednesday. It wasn't his field of dreams. "If our manager had been a pitcher," Palmer said of Frank Robinson, "we would have played on Field 1, where the wind was blowing in. But he hit 586 home runs, so we played on Field 4, where the wind was blowing out." The gusts, estimated at 30 m.p.h.
March 4, 1991
Outfielder Ken Griffey Sr. of the Seattle Mariners was injured in a car accident and will be sidelined indefinitely with neck and lower back injuries, team officials said in Tempe, Ariz., Sunday. Griffey, 40, was en route to take a physical examination Saturday when he stopped his car to yield to an emergency vehicle. His Mercedes Benz was rear-ended by a pickup truck, said Larry Pedegana, Mariner orthopedic surgeon.
The autograph seekers are well armed. They extend baseballs, bats, photos, scraps of paper and even a box of Wheaties at a perspiring and accommodating Jim Palmer after another workout in his comeback attempt with the Baltimore Orioles. A gray-haired woman beams and says, "Good luck, Jim, you've always been my favorite." "Thank you," replies Palmer, who winks, asks the woman her age and is told 71. "Oh, my age," says Palmer, drawing a laugh from the people around him.
March 1, 1991 | MIKE PENNER
U nconventional wisdom for a Friday morning . . . Jim Palmer: There must be a reason for this. Nolan Ryan getting too close to the Cy Young for him? Cooperstown: It's a strange time when Palmer can get out easier than Pete Rose can get in. Reggie Jackson: He'd be my choice as Canseco Caretaker, too. Assuming Andre Agassi was already booked.
November 28, 1989
Joe Morgan, a two-time National League most valuable player, and Jim Palmer, who won the Cy Young Award three times, are among 20 first-time candidates on the 1990 Hall of Fame ballot that was distributed to veteran members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
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