Jim Palmer Wife And Kids: How Many Children Does He Have?

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While Jim Palmer is celebrated for his remarkable baseball career, many are not well versed about the former player’s personal life, especially his wife.

In this article, we delve into the fascinating aspects of Jim Palmer’s family life. We’ll explore his marriage, his wife, Susan Palmer, and the children they have raised.

Jim Palmer Is A Member Of The Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame
Jim Palmer Is A Member Of The Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame (Source: Facebook)

James Alvin Palmer, born on October 15, 1945, is a legendary Major League Baseball (MLB) figure.

A former professional baseball pitcher, Palmer etched his name in MLB history during his 19-year career with the Baltimore Orioles.

Palmer’s achievements include being the winningest MLB pitcher in the 1970s and earning three Cy Young Awards.

Similarly, he won four Gold Gloves during the decade. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990.

Moreover, Palmer created history by earning a win in a World Series game in three different decades.

Post-retirement, Palmer transitioned into a successful career as a color commentator and spokesperson.

Notably, he commented on MLB games for ABC and ESPN and for the Orioles on HTS, Comcast SportsNet (CSN) Mid-Atlantic, and the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN).

Meet Jim Palmer Wife, Susan Palmer

Susan Palmer was born Susan Earle to Jim and Theresa Earle in College Station, Texas. She became the third wife of the Hall of Fame pitcher.

The couple tied the knot in a private ceremony officiated by a Cooperstown judge in July 2007. As per reports, they were in a long-term relationship before marriage.

Susan manages a shop named Island Home Palm Beach, specializing in selling home goods and women’s resort wear.

Jim Palmer With His Wife Susan
Jim Palmer With His Wife Susan (Source: Daily Mail)

Like Jim, Susan was previously married and has a son named Spencer Schmidt from her first marriage.

Although the Palmers reside in Palm Beach, Florida, they also have a home in Corona Del Mar, California.

Jim Palmer’s Previous Marriages

Jim Palmer’s journey through matrimony began with his high-school sweetheart, Susan Ryan, in 1964.

The pitcher got married immediately after his signing by the Baltimore Orioles. Their union produced two daughters, but unfortunately, the couple parted ways in 1984.

Likewise, Palmer’s second marriage was with Joan H. Palmer from 1990 to 2000. Joan also worked as an investment advisor for her former husband.

The marriage had a bitter ending involving legal battles over mismanagement of pension funds and unpaid commissions.

How Many Children Does Jim Palmer Have?

Despite experiencing three marriages, Jim Palmer is a father to two daughters from his first marriage to Susan Ryan.

Meanwhile, his daughters, Jamie and Kelly Palmer, have pursued diverse paths in their professional lives.

Meet Jamie (Palmer) Thomas

Jamie, Jim Palmer‘s firstborn daughter, is the Manager of Talent Acquisition at Globalization Partners.

She has held key human resources and recruitment positions over the years, showcasing her expertise and leadership.

Talking about her education, she attended Garrison Forest for high school in her hometown of Baltimore.

She then enrolled at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Art History, Criticism, and Conservation.

Jim Palmer Pictured With His Grandkids
Jim Palmer Pictured With His Grandkids (Source: Facebook)

Jamie worked as a Human Resources Specialist at Mediq until 1997. After that, Jamie joined Gatti & Associates as an Executive Recruiter until 2004.

In addition, Jamie worked at Shawmut Design & Construction as a Senior Recruiter from 2005 to 2008.

Jamie even founded Palmer Thomas Recruitment Partners in 2008, where she served as the President until 2019.

Lastly, Jamie joined G-P/Globalization Partners in 2019 following her stint at Invaluable.

Meet Kelly Palmer DeRoche 

Jim’s other daughter, Kelly, resides in Trophy Club, Texas. She is married with a son, Henri, and a daughter, Maxine.

The Baltimore, Maryland native also studied in Garrison Forest for high school. She studied Criminology at the University of Colorado Boulder.

In light of her Facebook profile, Kelly further studied Paralegal Program Degree at Rollins College, graduating in 1992.

She has ventured into magazine publishing at Best Version Media. Currently, she serves as the Publisher of Southlake Neighbors and Trophy Club Neighbors.

Swochandra Shrestha
Swochandra Shrestha

Swochandra Shrestha

Swochandra Shrestha is a passionate writer with a keen eye for uncovering the human stories behind the world of sports. His articles offer readers a refreshing perspective on athletes and sporting events, blending insightful analysis with engaging storytelling that resonates on a personal level.


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