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Through The Looking Glass: Breakfast with Jim Palmer

 

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Pancakes. Orioles Hall of Famer Jim Palmer had to have them for breakfast every time he took the mound. Here, the 20-year-old right-hander digs into a stack of 41 (by our count) flapjacks prior to pitching Game 2 of the 1966 World Series. When Palmer defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 6-0, for his first big-league shutout, his nickname was for keeps -- Jockey shorts or no.

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Could you imagine if this happened now? The anti-carb freaks and zealots would go berzerk.

Knowing Palmer probably reads everything printed about him... I've got to ask: Hey Jim man, why is it when you do color for baseball broadcasts you're always comparing everything to how great you were? Have some real humility man. Not the pretend kind. It'll make you more human and a better color man. Serious. No hurt intended.

Where is Mr. Palmer? His MASN appearances seem to be reduced this season. Why should that be when he is one of the most erudite and articulate voices of Orioles baseball?

Wow. In this particular photo, he could pass as the twin of Andy Kaufman.

Message to Joe, who probably didn't grow up in Baltimore: Anytime Jim wants to talk about his career and accomplishments is okay with me. The feeling of confidence I had as a kid when Jim was taking the mound will likely never again be approached. When I think of pitching, Jim Palmer is the first person I think of.

Jim, keep doing what you're doing. I love hearing you.

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