How much is Jim Palmer worth?
|Net Worth:||$4 Million
|Profession:||Professional Baseball Pitcher
|Date of Birth:||October 15, 1945
|Country:||United States of America|
About Jim Palmer
- Born: Oct. 15, 1945
- Hometown: New York
- Height: 6-3
- Weight: 190 pounds
- Bats: Right
- Throws: Right
- Family: Wife, Susan (divorced from first wife, also named Susan, and second wife, Joan); daughters, Jamie and Kelly
- Primary position: Starting pitcher
Before The Bigs:
- Adopted as a baby, his adoptive father died at age 9 and his mother moved to Southern California and remarried to Max Palmer, a character actor in Hollywood. Jim Palmer took his last name.
- The family moved to Scottsdale, Ariz., and Jim became a three-sport star at Scottsdale High.
- Graduated at age 17 in 1963 — two years before the first draft — and played summer ball for a team in South Dakota, where he was discovered by a Baltimore Orioles scout.
- Signed for $50,000 and headed to Aberdeen, S.D., the Orioles’ Single-A affiliate, in 1964. He went 11-3 with a 2.51 ERA, even though he walked 130 batters in 129 innings.
- Made the big-league Orioles out of spring training in 1965 and was used as a spot starter.
- One of the top right-handers of all-time and a consistent winner, Palmer won 268 games in his 19-year big-league career — all with the Orioles — lost 152 and had a career ERA of 2.86, which is the third-lowest of any pitcher after 1920.
- His 268 wins are No. 1 all-time in Orioles history.
- Won 186 games in the 1970s, the most of any player.
- Was a member of three World Series champions (1966, 1970, 1983). Won a game in each, the only pitcher to win a World Series game in three decades. Had an 8-3 record with a 2.61 ERA in 17 playoff appearances.
- A three-time American League Cy Young Award winner and a six-time AL All-Star (1970, 1971, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1978).
- Won his first game on May 16, 1965, a relief win over the New York Yankees, and also hit a home run in that game.
- In 1966, joined the Orioles rotation and went 15-10 with a 3.46 ERA, leading the team in wins.
- Became youngest pitcher to ever throw a shutout in World Series history at age 20 in Game 2 against the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning 6-0 over fellow Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax in Koufax’s final game.
- Had a shoulder injury in 1967 and missed most of the season. Didn’t pitch in the majors in 1968, either, as he attempted to return to form after surgery. Was left unprotected in an expansion draft and filled the rosters of the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Pilots, but was not selected.
- Returned to the majors and made Earl Weaver’s roster as the Orioles’ No. 5 starter in 1969 and went 16-4 with a 2.34 ERA despite missing six weeks.
- Had the first of eight 20-win seasons in 1970, going 20-10 with a 2.71 ERA and 17 complete games as the Orioles won the World Series. Was one of the four 20-game winners on the Orioles’ historic 1971 pitching rotation (Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar and Pat Dobson were the others).
- Won 21 games and had a career-best 2.07 ERA in 1972.
- Won the first of his three Cy Young awards in 1973, when he went 22-10 with a 2.40 ERA.
- Won back-to-back Cy Youngs in 1975 and 1976, leading the league in wins each season. Went 23-11 with an AL-best 2.09 ERA and 10 shutouts in 1975. Also won his first Gold Glove.
- Also led the league in wins with 20 in 1977, finishing second in Cy Young voting, and went 21-12 in 1978, finishing third. That was his final 20-win season.
- Had some arm trouble that caused him to miss some time in 1979, when the Orioles won the AL pennant but lost to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the World Series. He still had three strong starts in the playoffs.
- Had his final solid season in 1982, going 15-5 with a 3.13 ERA and finished second in the Cy Young balloting at age 36.
- Was injured for much of the 1983 season, going 5-4. But the Orioles won the World Series over the Philadelphia Phillies and he won Game 3 in relief.
- After a slow start in 1984, he was released on May 17.
- Never allowed a grand slam, nor back-to-back home runs, in his career.
- Elected to the Hall of Fame on his first ballot in 1990, getting 92.6 percent of the vote.
- During his career (1977), he became a popular spokesman for Jockey underwear and became a sex symbol with his magazine ads for the product. Continued to appear in the ads after his retirement.
- Also became a broadcaster late his playing career, a color commentator on ABC broadcasts. He continued in that role until 1989, when ABC’s contract with MLB expired.
- Has worked as a TV broadcaster of Orioles games since 1990.
- Attempted a comeback in 1991 at age 45, after he was in the Hall of Fame, and pitched in a spring training game.
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