As Jim Palmer rehabilitated his shoulder in the Orioles’ Florida Instructional League in 1968, he met Don Baylor.
The team’s second-round draft pick a year earlier had a tenacity on the field that impressed Palmer from the start. Palmer didn’t want to go against him — even outside of baseball.
So, every Monday when the players had off and played flag football on the beach, Palmer requested to be on Baylor’s side. The two formed a friendship, much like Baylor did with his teammates throughout what would become a 19-year major league career.
Baylor, an Orioles player from 1970 to 1975 who later became a major league Most Valuable Player, manager and coach, died Monday from...