Jim Palmer became Baltimore’s all-time leader in games pitched yesterday when he appeared in his 413th game as an Oriole, passing former teammate Dave McNally, in a 6-5 loss to the Yankees at Memorial Stadium. For Palmer, the landmark occasion was dampened by yet another sub-par performance on the mound, a three-inning stint where he allowed four runs on six hits (and served up three walks and a hit-by-pitch as well), resulting in his ninth loss of the year. His SP78 record now stands at 9-9, a stark contrast to the 21-12 mark he finished with at the conclusion of the actual ’78 campaign.
“I can’t figure it out,” said Palmer, addressing the local Baltimore media after the game. “I have a pitcher PB rating of 2-8, yet I can’t seem to catch a break this season. And I didn’t even face Guidry tonight! Who knows, maybe I need to give up this whole ‘pancakes for breakfast’ business, and stick with sugar cereal instead.”
McNally, a 3-time All-Star, played for the O’s from 1962 to 1974, compiling a won-lost record of 181-113 before finishing his career with the Expos in 1975. He and Palmer were members of the last major league squad to boast four 20-game winners in one season, in 1971, a starting rotation that also included Mike Cuellar and Pat Dobson.