Palmer to recieve lifetime player achievement award

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Orioles broadcaster and Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer will receive the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation’s Player Lifetime Achievement Award at its 10th Annual gala on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.

Palmer had an outstanding 19-year pitching career with the Baltimore Orioles. His major league career began in 1965 where he won his very first game against the New York Yankees. One year later, when the Orioles took on the Dodgers for the World Series, Palmer became the youngest pitcher to record a complete game victory in the Fall Classic.   That year the Orioles beat the Dodgers to win the World Series and Palmer and the Orioles went on to win two other World Series Championships (1970 and 1983) making him the only pitcher in World Series history to win in each of three decades.

The Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation has helped baseball scouts in need due to job loss, illness or financial hardships over the past nine years through the success of the annual “In The Spirit of the Game” Sports and Entertainment Spectacular. Dennis Gilbert heads the foundation.

“When you talk about the best pitchers in baseball history, Jim Palmer is certainly at the top of the list among the greatest of all-time,” said Gilbert.  “When he took the mound for the Orioles, you knew he would be tough to beat.  His lifetime statistics speak volumes of his performance.  He amazingly completed more than 40 per cent of his 521 lifetime starts, which is unheard of these days”.

Palmer will receive the Player Lifetime Achievement Award at the gala, which is annually attended by 1,500 guests, including many prominent figures from the world of sports, entertainment and media.

Palmer was a 6-time All-Star, 3-time World Series Champion, 3-time AL Cy Young Award winner, and 4-time Gold Glove Award winner. In his 19-year career, Palmer achieved a 268-152 won-loss record with 2,212 strikeouts, a 2.86 ERA, 521 games started, 211 complete games, and 53 shutouts in 3,948 innings. He also never allowed a grand slam in his career. In 1990 he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

After his playing career ended in 1984, Palmer went on to become a color commentator for the Orioles, a role which he still serves today.

Other honorees at this year’s Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation’s star-studded 2013 “In the Spirit of the Game” Sports and Entertainment Spectacular include Dodgers’ broadcaster Vin Scully, Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, and Dodgers’ manager Don Mattingly.  Other honorees will be announced soon.

The event has honored many legendary baseball Hall of Fame players, managers, scouts, coaches and executives, including Al Rosen, Jim Leyland, Johnny Bench, Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, Duke Snider, Sandy Koufax, Bob Feller, Brooks Robinson, Cal Ripken, Jr., Tony LaRussa, Robin Roberts, Tom Seaver, Joe Garagiola Sr., Robin Yount, Jim Fregosi Sr. as well as Goose Gossage, Whitey Herzog, Eric Gagne, Curt Schilling, Olympic Gold Medalist Jennie Finch, the Boone Family, the Brett family, the Alou family, the Manny Mota family, the Lachemann family, Major League Baseball executive Pat Gillick, the Boeckmanns, Laura Ziskin, legendary baseball scouts George Genovese, Dave Garcia, Hank King, Gene Bennett, Mel Didier, Epy Guerrero, Moose Johnson, Lenny Yochum and the late Bob Zuk. Past attendees include: MLB Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig, Rod Carew, Tommy Lasorda,  Arte Moreno, Jerry Reinsdorf, Lew Wolff, Mark Attanasio, Brady Anderson, Bret Saberhagen, Chase Utley, Darrell Evans, Don Newcombe, Barry Zito, Joe Borchard, Jerry West, Alyssa Milano, Don Johnson, Tom Arnold, Jane Seymour, James Keach, Michael McDonald, Donnie Most, Mary Hart and Kenny Loggins.

Tickets and sponsorship packages are available to the public by calling (818) 224-3906.


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