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Fifty years ago today, Jim Palmer began Hall of Fame career with Orioles
Fifty years ago today, Jim Palmer began Hall of Fame career with Orioles

Fifty years ago, he strode to the mound from the bullpen in Boston, a gangly 19-year-old playing his first game in the big leagues. "Nervous?" Orioles manager Hank Bauer asked the rookie right-hander. "A little … apprehensive," Jim Palmer said, fingering the warmup ball he had forgotten to leave in the 'pen. "What do I do with this?" "I'll take it," the manager said, handing him the game ball. Then the kid was on his own, in Fenway Park, staring down the heart of the Red Sox lineup. On April 17, 1965, Palmer broke into the majors, relieving starter Robin Roberts, who was twice his age. Palmer's job? Stop a Boston rally....

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