BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Six legendary Orioles are the focus of a season-long celebration at Camden Yards. Saturday, thousands of fans cheered for a team favorite.
Adam May has the story.
No. 22 Jim Palmer becomes the third Oriole honored with a bronze statue at Camden Yards.
“To me the theme of all these statues isn’t about what I did. I wouldn’t have won Cy Young Awards, I wouldn’t have been in the World Series, wouldn’t have won the Gold Gloves if I didn’t have teammates,” Palmer said.
Palmer started his career with the Orioles in 1965. After 19 seasons, he had one of the best pitching records in Major League Baseball , a 2.86 earned run average, 2,212 strikeouts.
“I never played in any other uniform but the Orioles,” Palmer said to a cheering crowd.
A huge crowd of fans gave tribute to Palmer, snapping pictures of the player and his 7-foot tall likeness.
“I think lots of the celebration of the whole Oriole history and all things we grew up with,” Lynnie Verugh said. “You could feel that Orioles magic here today.”
Sculptures of Eddie Murray, Cal Ripken and Brooks Robinson will be unveiled later this season.