August Live 2014
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In his penultimate season, 38-year-old Jim Palmer may have seen limited time on the mound (posting just a 5-4 record), yet he made an enormous impact on the field, in the dugout, in the bullpen and in the locker-room. He brought to bear his vast experience and keen intellect by mentoring the young hurlers around him. He filled a key role as their unofficial coach, if not their father figure. (A veteran Robin Roberts had done the very same for a rookie Palmer back almost 20 years earlier with the O's.) What's more, "Cakes" put the icing on in October by twirling two scoreless relief innings in Game 3 to earn the win—thus becoming the only pitcher ever to win Fall Classic games during three different decades.
"It all began with Jim Palmer," said catcher Rick Dempsey. "He was a very unique teammate and a very unique pitcher. He knew the game of baseball. He knew the hitters, their strengths and weaknesses, and never forgot a pitch that he threw, even 10 years before. He categorized hitters…I studied Jim, how he changed speeds on hitters, why he pitched certain guys up and in, down and away…Palmer helped guys think their way through their careers…[Scott McGregor, Mike Flanagan, Mike Boddicker and Storm Davis] all became sort of mental clones of Jim Palmer, and then they took off on their own. They were all thinking pitchers. Jim taught them how to think to make adjustments for themselves. He was a good influence on them."
Presented here is Palmer's own championship trophy from that momentous campaign in the twilight of his Hall of Fame career. To be clear, this is not a garden-variety smaller World Series version, but rather one of the full-sized, owner-caliber "Commissioner" versions that have been made available to players by special order in recent decades. The oversized prize is arranged upon a 4-1/4"-tall, 12-7/8"-diameter base, which bears a surrounding gold-colored band bears black-filled, engraved lettering reading, "WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS - Baltimore Orioles - 1983 - Jim Palmer." On the back side of the trophy's base, a line on this band, in comparable lettering, reads, "Copyright © 1983 Commissioner of Baseball." Atop the black base, another gold-colored band has a gold-colored baseball at its base and a crown figure at the top. Proudly standing at the front of the display are press pin replicas (exhibiting slight wear) that represent the respective combatants. Surrounding the base are 26 gold-colored flags that, in alphabetical order, bear the names of each Major League team. Beginning with (appropriately) Baltimore on the left side and Atlanta on the N.L. side, the flags gradually ascend in size from 8-7/8" to 20-7/8" (the trophy measures 25-1/4" tall overall and weighs 28 lbs.). Beautiful Near Mint to Mint condition and never before offered publicly.
Fabulous provenance comes in the form of a NM, 8" x 10" photo with Palmer's blue-Sharpie "9-10" inscription, "To Rob - I hope you are enjoying my World Series Trophy - Jim Palmer 2006 - HoF90." LOA from JSA.
Jim Palmer 1983 Baltimore Orioles World Champions Commissioner's Trophy - Palmer's Third Championship
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