Broadcaster/baseball player (ret.)
When Baltimore Orioles legend Jim Palmer stepped into the booth at Camden Yards this past season, it was his 29th year as a member of the MASN broadcast team and 58th with the baseball team where he became a legend.
Born in New York City, he was adopted two days after birth by a garment industry executive and his dress shop owner wife. After his father died, the family moved to California where his mother married character actor Max Palmer. The future Baseball Hall of Fame member would later adopt his stepfather’s last name.
After graduating high school, Palmer turned down college scholarships to play baseball and basketball to sign with the Orioles. In 1965, he made his major league debut at 19 with a majority of his appearances in the bullpen. The next year, he joined the starting rotation and the team won their first World Series title with Palmer becoming the youngest to pitch a shutout during the fall classic.
After injuries plagued his next two seasons, Palmer would fight back, returning to the Orioles’ starting rotation and tossed an 8-0 no-hitter against the Oakland Athletics Aug. 13, 1969.
He would go on to win at least 20 games in eight of the next nine seasons and earn three Cy Young Awards as the American League’s best pitcher.
Palmer, who retired as a player in 1984, holds the unique distinction of being the only player to appear in every World Series appearance (six in total) the Orioles have made over its history. He is also the only pitcher to win a fall classic game in three different decades.
Launching his second career as a broadcaster, Palmer called five World Series for ABC Television in the late 1980s. He was in the booth during Game 3 of the 1989 World Series when Candlestick Park in San Francisco was rocked with a magnitude 6.9 earthquake. He joined MASN the same year.
He wrote several books and served as a pitchman for several national companies. Passionate about giving back, Palmer served for many years as a spokesperson for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
He is the only pitcher to win a fall classic game in three different decades.