In 1990, Jim Palmer was accorded baseball's highest honor by his election. into the Baseball Hall of Fame his first year of eligibility. He received 92.6% of the 444 ballots cast by eligible members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Of the eight pitchers elected in their first year of eligibility, he received the third highest percentage of votes. Jim Palmer is the only American League Hall of Fame pitcher to win the Cy Young Award three times as well as four Gold Glove Awards.
A powerful persona in sports, Jim maintains a strong presence off the playing field through a variety of business, charity and personal interests.
Jim Palmer has built a career as a broadcaster providing commentary to ABC, the cable networks ESPN and HTS, as well as local Baltimore stations. He has attained success broadcasting for ABC Sports and has been highly acclaimed by viewers for being "bright, opinionated, articulate," having a "sense of humor" and a "tenacious memory" for the details of the game. He provided color commentary for the 1981,1985,1987, and 1989 World Series Games, the 1984,1986, 1988 All-Star Games, and the League Championship Games in 1978, 1980,1981, and 1982.
Due to his credibility, positive image and dynamic appeal to new and existing customers, Jim Palmer has represented many outstanding companies in promotional and advertising campaigns. Jim "pitched" underwear for Jockey International for almost twenty years and in that time, he traveled coast to coast making over 500 in-store appearances on behalf of Jockey, appearing on nearly every talk show, interviewing with television and radio stations in every city and narrating fashion events. Jim Palmer also teamed up with Sansabelt, a division of Trans-Apparel Group as a main spokesperson. Since 1993, Jim has been the corporate spokesperson for The Money Store, a major national home equity lender.
A gentleman in every respect, Jim Palmer has served for over two decades as a national sports chairman for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and when traveling has stopped at local chapters, visiting youngsters in hospitals, making radio tapes and appearing at benefits. At Jim's request, the royalties from his famous poster ad for Jockey were donated to the CF Foundation. In October 2001, he hosted his Sixth Celebrity Golf Tournament benefiting the CF Foundation. These tournaments alone raised a million dollars. Additionally, he has made public service announcements and assisted in a variety of charitable and community causes including D.A. R. E., Arthritis, Alzheimer's, Grant-A-Wish, Special Olympics, Baseball Assistance Team and local Recycling Programs.
Jim Palmer is an outstanding speaker with a commanding presence. His dedication to excellence, consummate professionalism and characteristic grace are apparent in everything he does