Jim Palmer, elected to the Hall of Fame in 1990, spent his entire 20 year pitching career with the Baltimore Orioles (1966 85). Jim Palmer is the Orioles’ all time leader in virtually every pitching category including wins (268), strikeouts (2,212) shutouts (53), complete games (211) and innings pitched (3,948). Jim Palmer is the only American League Hall of Fame pitcher to win the Cy Young Award three times, and also earned four Gold Glove Awards.
Jim Palmer, Walter Johnson, and Lefty Grove are the only pitchers in American League history to have won 20 or more games in eight seasons, and Palmer’s 2.86 ERA places him fifth among pitchers who worked 3,000 innings or more. He lead the league twice in ERA (1973, 1975), and was in the top five 10 times during his career.
Jim Palmer showed he knew how to win the big games by being the winning pitcher in the first four pennant clinching games in Baltimore’s history (1966, 1969, 1970, 1971). Jim Palmer had an 8 3 record with a 2.61 ERA in post-season play, and in 1983 became the only pitcher in baseball history to win a World Series game in three different decades.
Jim Palmer is unquestionably the finest pitcher in Orioles history, and is one of five whose uniform number (22) has been retired, along with Brooks Robinson (5) and Frank Robinson (20), Earl Weaver (4), and Eddie Murray (33).
Jim Palmer‘s broadcasting career has included work for ABC TV, Home Team Sports, and ESPN, for which he earned an ACE cable award nomination. Jim Palmer has been the spokesperson for Jockey International and The Money Store, and is the national sports chairman for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Additionally, Jim Palmer has been active in charity work. He has served for over two decades as a national sports chairman for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and when traveling has stopped at local chapters, visiting youngsters in hospitals, making radio tapes and appearing at benefits. At Jim‘s request, the royalties from his famous poster ad for Jockey were donated to the CF Foundation. In October 2001, he hosted his Sixth Celebrity Golf Tournament benefitting the CF Foundation. These tournaments alone raised a million dollars. Additionally, he has made public service announcements and assisted in a variety of charitable and community causes including D.A.R.E., Arthritis, Alzheimer’s, Grant A Wish, Special Olympics, and local Recycling Programs.