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Jim Palmer

James Alvin Palmer (Cakes)

Position: Pitcher
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 190 lb.

Born: October 15, 1945 in New York, NY
High School: Scottsdale HS (Scottsdale, AZ)
Schools: Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ), Towson University (Towson, MD)
Signed
by the Baltimore Orioles as an amateur free agent in 1963. (All Transactions)
Debut: April 17, 1965 (Age 19)
Team: Orioles 1965-1984
Agents: Ed Keating, previously: Ron Shapiro? [*]
Final Game: May 12, 1984 (Age 38)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by BBWAA as Player in 1990 (411/444 ballots).
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Standard Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1965 BAL AL 19 P 27 6 0 92.0 26 6 17 3 1 .885 2.25 0.85 .951 2.04 2.03 6 2 25% 34% 0
1966 BAL AL 20 P 30 30 6 208.1 41 14 26 1 2 .976 1.73 1.33 .952 1.99 1.98 11 12 52% 38% 0
1967 BAL AL 21 P 9 9 2 49.0 11 2 9 0 1 1.000 2.02 1.22 .957 1.97 1.96 2 2 50% 41% 0
1969 BAL AL 23 P 26 23 11 181.0 19 7 11 1 1 .947 0.90 0.69 .951 1.88 1.88 9 7 44% 36% 0
1970 BAL AL 24 P 39 39 17 305.0 65 21 42 2 4 .969 1.86 1.62 .951 1.86 1.85 20 5 20% 39% 0 AS,CYA-5,MVP-25
1971 BAL AL 25 P 37 37 20 282.0 73 27 41 5 3 .932 2.17 1.84 .958 1.98 1.97 17 11 39% 39% 1 AS,MVP-21
1972 BAL AL 26 P 36 36 18 274.1 54 14 37 3 4 .944 1.67 1.42 .950 1.86 1.85 14 3 18% 39% 1 AS,CYA-5,MVP-13
1973 BAL AL 27 P 38 37 19 296.1 61 24 35 2 3 .967 1.79 1.55 .951 1.86 1.85 16 10 38% 38% 0 CYA-1,MVP-2
1974 BAL AL 28 P 26 26 5 178.2 49 15 33 1 2 .980 2.42 1.85 .947 1.81 1.80 18 6 25% 38% 1
1975 BAL AL 29 P 39 38 25 323.0 88 30 52 6 7 .932 2.28 2.10 .940 1.87 1.86 29 11 28% 38% 1 AS,CYA-1,MVP-6
1976 BAL AL 30 P 40 40 23 315.0 77 27 49 1 2 .987 2.17 1.90 .950 1.87 1.88 33 15 31% 34% 3 CYA-1,MVP-10,GG
1977 BAL AL 31 P 39 39 22 319.0 70 20 48 2 5 .971 1.92 1.74 .948 1.95 1.93 15 30 67% 39% 1 AS,CYA-2,MVP-19,GG
1978 BAL AL 32 P 38 38 19 296.0 72 27 43 2 5 .972 2.13 1.84 .954 1.90 1.88 18 17 49% 38% 1 AS,CYA-3,GG
1979 BAL AL 33 P 23 22 7 155.2 33 10 23 0 1 1.000 1.91 1.43 .949 1.92 1.89 6 4 40% 36% 0 GG
1980 BAL AL 34 P 34 33 4 224.0 53 14 37 2 6 .962 2.05 1.50 .957 1.85 1.85 20 10 33% 35% 1
1980 BAL AL 34 DH 3 3
1981 BAL AL 35 P 22 22 5 127.1 38 12 26 0 2 1.000 2.69 1.73 .963 1.98 1.98 10 4 29% 38% 1
1982 BAL AL 36 P 36 32 8 227.0 55 16 37 2 3 .964 2.10 1.47 .958 1.80 1.80 10 12 55% 36% 4 CYA-2,MVP-26
1983 BAL AL 37 P 14 11 0 76.2 14 5 8 1 0 .929 1.53 0.93 .958 1.80 1.78 8 2 20% 33% 0
1984 BAL AL 38 P 5 3 0 17.2 4 1 3 0 1 1.000 2.04 0.80 .958 1.78 1.78 3 1 25% 36% 0
19 Seasons P 558 521 211 3948.0 903 292 577 34 53 .962 1.98 1.56 .952 1.89 1.89 265 164 38% 37% 15
19 Seasons TOT 558 521 211 3948.0 903 292 577 34 53 .962 1.98 1.56 .952 1.89 1.89 265 164 38% 37% 15
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1965 BAL AL 19 P
1966 BAL AL 20 P
1967 BAL AL 21 P
1969 BAL AL 23 P
1970 BAL AL 24 P
1971 BAL AL 25 P
1972 BAL AL 26 P
1973 BAL AL 27 P
1974 BAL AL 28 P
1975 BAL AL 29 P
1976 BAL AL 30 P
1977 BAL AL 31 P
1978 BAL AL 32 P
1979 BAL AL 33 P
1980 BAL AL 34 P
1981 BAL AL 35 P
1982 BAL AL 36 P
1983 BAL AL 37 P
1984 BAL AL 38 P
19 Seasons P
19 Seasons TOT
Lg Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1965 BAL AL 19 29 6 29 27 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
1966 BAL AL 20 36 30 36 30 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6
1967 BAL AL 21 9 9 9 9 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1969 BAL AL 23 27 23 27 26 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1970 BAL AL 24 44 39 44 39 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
1971 BAL AL 25 38 37 38 37 37 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
1972 BAL AL 26 36 36 36 36 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1973 BAL AL 27 38 37 0 38 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1974 BAL AL 28 26 26 0 26 26 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1975 BAL AL 29 39 38 0 39 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1976 BAL AL 30 40 40 0 40 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1977 BAL AL 31 39 39 0 39 39 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1978 BAL AL 32 38 38 0 38 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1979 BAL AL 33 23 22 0 23 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1980 BAL AL 34 37 36 3 34 34 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
1981 BAL AL 35 22 22 0 22 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1982 BAL AL 36 36 32 0 36 36 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1983 BAL AL 37 14 11 0 14 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1984 BAL AL 38 5 3 0 5 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 Seasons 576 524 222 558 558 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 15
Lg G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- P*

Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%
1965 BAL AL 19 395 70% 25% 20 90% 0 5 1 3 18 13 4 3 0 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 100%
1966 BAL AL 20 866 76% 24% 28 93% 0 14 3 10 23 18 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 1 1 1 6 100%
1967 BAL AL 21 194 81% 24% 8 100% 0 3 0 2 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 100%
1969 BAL AL 23 723 77% 21% 10 90% 1 10 1 7 8 7 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
1970 BAL AL 24 1258 79% 23% 54 91% 1 21 5 12 42 34 4 2 0 1 1 0 4 3 4 0 7 100%
1971 BAL AL 25 1165 78% 23% 51 94% 1 26 8 16 43 34 2 5 1 0 4 1 3 0 1 2 6 100%
1972 BAL AL 26 1094 79% 22% 43 91% 0 14 1 11 39 32 3 3 0 2 1 1 4 3 3 1 8 88%
1973 BAL AL 27 1190 80% 26% 42 90% 0 24 5 13 35 25 3 2 0 1 1 1 3 1 1 2 2 100%
1974 BAL AL 28 770 83% 24% 37 89% 2 13 1 9 33 26 2 1 0 1 0 0 2 1 2 0 8 88%
1975 BAL AL 29 1268 82% 26% 64 91% 1 30 9 19 52 42 4 6 0 3 3 2 7 3 6 1 16 88%
1976 BAL AL 30 1256 85% 25% 48 98% 1 26 3 21 47 36 2 1 0 0 1 0 2 2 2 0 7 100%
1977 BAL AL 31 1269 81% 27% 49 98% 1 20 2 16 48 36 6 2 0 1 1 1 5 3 3 2 7 86%
1978 BAL AL 32 1197 83% 27% 48 90% 0 27 0 23 43 31 6 2 0 2 0 2 5 5 5 0 7 86%
1979 BAL AL 33 639 85% 24% 27 96% 0 10 2 6 23 19 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 6 100%
1980 BAL AL 34 958 84% 24% 42 95% 0 14 4 8 38 27 6 2 0 1 1 1 6 4 5 1 8 88%
1981 BAL AL 35 532 88% 24% 27 96% 0 12 1 10 26 22 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 4 100%
1982 BAL AL 36 920 85% 22% 38 97% 1 17 4 10 35 28 2 2 0 1 1 1 3 1 3 0 3 100%
1983 BAL AL 37 332 87% 26% 9 89% 1 5 0 4 8 7 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 50%
1984 BAL AL 38 89 84% 21% 3 100% 0 1 0 1 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0
19 Seasons 16115 81% 24% 648 93% 10 292 50 201 571 445 52 34 1 17 16 13 51 30 41 10 100 92%
MLB Averages 81% 28% 91% 87%
Lg PA BIP% GBIP% Fld F2O% FC Tot Cgt 31 Tot 1B 2B Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 163 GB LD bFld bF2O%



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

Hall of Fame
1990 BBWAA (92.6%)
Selected to HOF in 1990 by BBWAA

All-Star Games
1970 (P)
1971 *
1972 (P)
1975
1977 (P)
1978 (P)

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
1970 AL (25, 1%)
1971 AL (21, 1%)
1972 AL (13, 6%)
1973 AL (2, 51%)
1975 AL (6, 24%)
1976 AL (10, 14%)
1977 AL (19, 2%)
1982 AL (26, 1%)
1.00 Career Shares (250th)

Cy Young (yr lg (rk, shr))
1970 AL (5, 9%)
1972 AL (5, 17%)
1973 AL (1, 73%)
1975 AL (1, 82%)
1976 AL (1, 90%)
1977 AL (2, 34%)
1978 AL (3, 10%)
1982 AL (2, 42%)
3 Cy Youngs
3.57 Career Shares (7th)

Gold Gloves
1976 AL (P)
1977 AL (P)
1978 AL (P)
1979 AL (P)
All multiple winners

Putouts as P s c a p y
1971 AL  27 (1st)
1973 AL  24 (2nd)
1975 AL  30 (1st)
1976 AL  27 (1st)
1978 AL  27 (3rd)
Career  292 (19th)

Assists as P s c a p y
1975 AL  52 (5th)
1976 AL  49 (4th)
1977 AL  48 (4th)

Errors Committed as P s c a p y
1971 AL  5 (3rd)
1975 AL  6 (2nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as Ps c a p y
1974 AL  2.42 (4th)
1981 AL  2.69 (5th)

Range Factor/Game as P s c a p y
1970 AL  1.62 (5th)
1974 AL  1.85 (4th)
1975 AL  2.10 (2nd)
1976 AL  1.90 (4th)
1978 AL  1.84 (5th)

Fielding % as P s c a p y
1981 AL  1.000 (1st)

Youngest s c a p y
1966 AL  born 1945-10-15 (10th)

                                         

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