August 26, 2022
Lowell Palmer has become an icon among baseball card collectors — though he hopes it’s because of his on-field performance, not his signature specs.
He was called “DB Cooper” because of his relationship with the man who disappeared in 1971 The mysterious plane hijacker was similar and has not been seen since. Given his sense of humor and mischief fun, Palmer probably doesn’t mind the comparison too much.
Although the front of his baseball card always stands out for his appearance , but the backs are perhaps even stranger as they give a glimpse into Palmer’s life, including stories of PI’s work and days of training pigeons.
Lowell Palmer is a truly unique person to match card.
Image from Trading Card Database
He had success on the baseball card and credited strong-if- Wild words – right arm.
“In the minor leagues, my parents got together and banned me from pitching,” Pa Ermer told me about the nt phone in a speech. “You know those helmets we used to use? They’re not helmets, they’re around your ears around your head – I’m showing my age, don’t I? – I bumped into one of them and I put It broke in half. And my parents banned me from pitching in the minor leagues.”
Palmer loves to tell stories, often interrupting them with sharp laughter or world-weary complaints.
“I was in Dixieanne Park and a guy hit me in a line,” he said. Say. “It bounced in front of me and I picked it up and I went and threw that guy at home and I threw it on the street. I hit a car that was going down the street! I just had a strong arm , but I never actually found my control.”
That would prove to be He’s failed at the major league level. With all the speed in the world, few pitchers can complete 5.7 walks per nine innings.
As for sunglasses? The story is simple – it’s not that Palmer thinks he’s cooler than everyone else. When it came time to photograph him, the photographer posed to let the sun shine on his face. But Palmer had problems with his eyes, so the sun always blinded him, requiring him to wear sunglasses on the mound.
” ‘I can’t do it. I can’t see. I can’t open my eyes ,'” Palmer said he told the photographer. “I burst into tears and I said, ‘The only way I can do it, is to put on these sunglasses, and then I can do it.’ He said, ‘Okay, go on. “So, that’s how sunglasses are put on.”
This pair of Palmers The thick lenses (for viewing) earned him the nickname “Coke Bottle” for his teammates. While it can be a hassle when it comes to his baseball card photo, it’s a lot of fun when it comes to opposing the opposition.
“I don’t think [sunglasses] give me an edge. Bring me The advantage is that I can drill them,” he said with a laugh.
He shares one of his favorite stories from pitching in the Carolina League , and with the clubhouse attendants to help scare the opposition. The pair left their glasses in the opposing team’s dugout and walked in gleefully watching.
“What are these? Whose are these?” The other team Will eventually ask.
“Oh, that’s pitching you tonight,” the waiter would say. “He left them here. I have to give them to him.”
So, Palmer would come out of his dugout to warm up without glasses. He’ll use the rubber and face… second base.
“The club kids would start yelling at me. ‘Hey! Turn around!'” Palmer remembered. “I freaked out half of those guys’ pants.”
Palmer just Thinking that life — and baseball — should be fun, is clearly still his top priority in life today.
“My reputation is that I’m always smiling,” Parr silently said. “Most people say, ‘You don’t take baseball seriously. You’re supposed to be tough on everything.’ Hey, I don’t like to lose — I’ll tell you that. When I throw, I’m a very serious player, But everyone thinks I’m a little silly because I’m going to laugh there.”
As for the wild stories on the back of his cards – and some that aren’t there – let Palmer share the stories.