Nineteen-year-old rookie Jim Palmer got his first big league win with 3.2 innings of relief work as part of a 7-5 victory over the New York Yankees at Memorial Stadium on this day in Orioles history, May 16, 1965. Palmer also took Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton deep for his first career home run.
Entering in the third inning in relief of O’s starter Dave McNally, Palmer allowed two hits and one earned run while walking four and striking out one.
One week earlier, in his first career start, Palmer pitched seven innings and allowed four runs in the second game of a doubleheader with the Detroit Tigers that the O’s won 5-4 in 12 innings.
Palmer appeared in 27 contests in 1965, making six starts and finishing seven games for a total of 92 innings pitched. He went 5-4 with one save and a 3.72 ERA.
Meanwhile, Palmer’s two-run shot off of Bouton in the bottom of the fourth inning was the first of three career home runs.