This Day in Orioles History: Jim Palmer Earns His First Win, Homers

Jim Palmer, Baltimore OriolesHave yourself a day Jim Palmer. The Hall of Fame pitcher earned his first win for the Baltimore Orioles on May 16, 1965, against the New York Yankees at Memorial Stadium. Palmer also homered to help the O’s to a 7-5 victory.

Pitching in relief of Dave McNally, who struggled through 2.1 innings of work, the 19-year-old Palmer tossed 3.2 innings, allowing two hits and one run while walking four and striking out one. It would be the first of 268 wins for Palmer, who appeared in 558 career games and made 521 starts.

Palmer hit the first of his three career home runs, this one coming against Yankees righty Jim Bouton, in the fourth inning. The clout scored Davey Johnson and cut New York’s lead in half.

Bouton allowed nine career home runs at Memorial Stadium, which tied with Fenway Park for the most he surrendered at any visiting ballpark. Palmer’s Orioles teammates Curt Blefary and Norm Siebern each totaled three career home runs against Bouton, which tied for the second-largest total of home runs against the future author of Ball Four.

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