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Jim Palmer
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Baseball Player
    (October 15, 1945- )
    Played for Baltimore Orioles (1965-1967, 1969-1984)
    Batted and threw right
    Six-time American League All-Star (1970-72, 75, 77, 78); starting pitcher in All-Star Games of 1970, 1972, 1977, and 1978
    Member of six American League championship teams with the Orioles, including the 1966, 1970, and 1983 World Series champions Orioles
    Nicknamed Cakes
    Three-time Cy Young Award winner (1973, 1975, 1976)
    Led league three times in victories and two times in ERA
    Finished his 19-year career with a 268-152 record, 2,212 strikeouts, 53 shutouts and a 2.86 ERA
    Television commentator and analyst for the Orioles and for ABC and ESPN.
    Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame, 1990
    He was nearly finished by arm, shoulder, and back problems in 1967 and 1968, pitching in only 9 major league games over those two years.
    He established a much-publicized running feud with manager Earl Weaver.
    He posed wearing only briefs in numerous advertisements for Jockey Underwear.
    In 1991, seven years after retirement, he attempted an abortive comeback with the Orioles that was scrubbed during spring training.
    Thanks to successful surgery and hard rehabilitative work, Palmer regained his form and returned to the Orioles in 1969 to record a 16-4 record that led the American League in winning percentage (.800).
    Four days after coming off the disabled list, he pitched an 8-0 no-hit victory over the Oakland Athletics (August 13, 1969).
    Intensity was his trademark, and he combined intelligence, strength, competitiveness and consistency to become the Orioles' all-time winningest hurler.
    Many in the media have regarded him as 'the perfect gentleman' who personifies integrity, perseverance and excellence.
    He was adopted at birth.
    His adopted father died when he was nine years old. Shortly thereafter, his mother moved the family from New York to California, then to Scottsdale, Arizona and remarried (1960).
    He graduated from Scottsdale High School and is recognized as Arizona's greatest home-grown athlete by Sports Illustrated.
    In 3,948 career innings, he never gave up a grand-slam home run.
    At age 20 years, 11 months, he became the youngest pitcher to win a complete-game, World Series shutout, defeating Sandy Koufax 6-0 in Game Two of the 1966 World Series (October 6, 1966).
    He was an outstanding all-around athlete who made high school All-State in football, basketball, and baseball.
    He was offered a basketball scholarship at UCLA that would have placed him on a team with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
    He won 20 or more games eight times in nine seasons (1970-1973 and 1975-1978).
    He won four consecutive Gold Glove awards (1976-1979).
    His love-hate relationship with Weaver seemed largely theater, and neither man could hide his admiration for the other.
    The last win of his career came in relief during Game Three of the 1983 World Series, defeating Steve Carlton of the Philadelphia Phillies.
    He is the only pitcher in history who has won a World Series game in three different decades.
    He was color analyst for telecasts of the Little League World Series on ABC for more than a decade, and in 1994 he was inducted into the Little League Baseball's Hall of Excellence.
    Royalties for his poster ad for Jockey were donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
    The Orioles retired his uniform number 22 in 1985.

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