Nearly seven years after his forced retirement and just months after his enshrinement in Cooperstown, Jim Palmer reported to spring training for the Baltimore Orioles. At 45 years of age he was attempting a comeback. Palmer pitched 2 innings of an intersquad game, surrendering 5 hits including a home run, and 2 walks. On March 11, 1991 he faced off against the Red Sox. Pitching the first 2 innings, Palmer gave up 2 runs on 5 hits and a walk. Palmer clearly was not his old self. His fastball hovered around 80 mph and he struggled with control. 38 preseason pitches into his comeback, Jim Palmer hung up his cleats for good.