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Jim Palmer's new book  is titled Jim Palmer: Nine Innings to Success (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
Jim Palmer's new book is titled Jim Palmer: Nine Innings to Success (Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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In 1954, a kid went to Yankee Stadium.

Big deal, right? There were lots of Yankee fans in the '50s. And lots of them went to Yankee Stadium. So why are we hearing from this one? Because he’s a three-time Cy Young winner with three World Series rings. And he’s a Hall of Famer.

Future Orioles legend Jim Palmer was just a kid from New York City when he went to see the Yankees play in June of 1954. He had no idea at the time that 10 years later, he’d have a memorable duel with the player he was most eager to see, Mickey Mantle.
"When you get on the mound and the bases are loaded and it's Labor Day and you're playing at Yankee Stadium 10 years after you went there as you're 9, you're not going to throw your second or third best pitch."
Palmer struck Mickey Mantle out on his best pitch, a high fastball. Would Mantle ever catch up with it?

Palmer shares this story in his new book "Nine Innings to Success: A Hall of Famer's Approach to Achieving Excellence." He has been a baseball broadcaster for ESPN, ABC and for Baltimore Orioles games since 1992.
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This segment aired on June 4, 2016.

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