Palmer was adopted when two days old by a wealthy New York manufacturer, who also adopted an older girl. His adoptive father died when he was nine. His mother and he then moved to California and she married actor Max Palmer and he had an otherwise happy and privileged childhood.
He played baseball from 1965 to 1984, pitching 53 shutouts with a 2.83 ERA, and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. After retiring from playing baseball he became a sports commentator and also models clothing, plays golf and gardens. He is also National Sports Chairman for the US Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
He has no interest in tracing his birth family.
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