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Happy 65th Birthday, Jim Palmer!

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Tom Seaver and Jim Palmer at the 1997 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (Tomasso Derosa/Getty Images)
Tom Seaver and Jim Palmer at the 1997 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony (Tomasso Derosa/Getty Images)

On this day in 1945, James Alvin Palmer was born. Twenty years and eleven months later he became the youngest pitcher to win a World Series game with a complete game shutout of the Dodgers. Forty-one years after that, he met his soulmate when Gary Thorne became his broadcasting partner at MASN. In between he was on every single Orioles World Series team, he won 278 games (including eight 20 win seasons), threw a no-hitter, won three Cy Young Awards, made many ladies and some men swoon by prancing around in his underwear on television, and got elected into the Hall of Fame. If you've ever heard him talk you know that he never surrendered a grand slam, but did you also know that he never gave up back-to-back home runs?

Here's to you, Jim!

On a related note, if you need another reason to hope the Yankees don't make the World Series, consider this: if Andy Pettitte wins a WS game he'll join Jim Palmer as the only player in baseball history with a WS win in three different decades.