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Retired basebal pitcher, Jim Palmer, was born on October 15, 1945. Jim Palmer was a baseball right-handed starting pitcher who played his entire career for the Baltimore Orioles from 1965-1984. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990.
Jim Palmer has been considered one of the best pitchers in Orioles and major league history. He was a mainstay in the rotation during Baltimore's six pennant-winning teams in the 1960s (1966 & 1969), 1970s (1970, 1971 & 1979) and 1980s (1983). Also, Jim Palmer is the only pitcher in big-league history to win World Series games in three decades (1966, 1970-71, 1983).
Jim Palmer won spots on 6 all-star teams, 4 gold gloves, 3 Cy Young Awards, and 2 ERA titles, leding the American League in victories three times. Palmer retired in 1984 as a member of the defending World Champions. He is a member of major league baseball's Hall of Fame.
Jim Palmer is currently a broadcaster covering Orioles games, known for his incisive criticism and unwillingness to give steroid-era hitters the plaudits commensurate with their statistics. From 1985-1989, and again from 1994-1995, Palmer formed a popular announcing team with Al Michaels and Tim McCarver at ABC. Palmer, like Michaels, McCarver and fellow 1990 Hall of Fame inductee Joe Morgan, was present at San Francisco's Candlestick Park on October 17, 1989, when the Loma Prieta earthquake hit prior to Game 3 of the World Series.
Late in his playing career, Jim Palmer gained notoriety as a spokesman and underwear model for Jockey brand men's briefs. He appeared in the companyís national print and television advertisements as well as on billboards at Times Square in New York City and other major cities. He donated all proceeds from the sale of his underwear poster to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
From 1992 until 1999, Jim Palmer was frequently seen on television throughout the United States in commercials for The Money Store, a national home equity and mortgage lender. He has periodically appeared in ads and commercials for vitamins and other health-related products. He was also the spokesperson for Nationwide Motors Corp.which is a regional chain of car dealerships located in the Middle Atlantic region.
He is currently a spokesman for the national "Strike Out High Cholesterol" campaign.
Jim Palmer and his wife Susan have homes in Palm Beach, Florida, and in California. In 2006, Palmer also acquired a penthouse condominium in Little Italy, Baltimore, which he uses while in Baltimore for Orioles' broadcasts.