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1986 Topps Traded Dave Palmer 84 - Braves Card of the Day ⚾

So, I love David Palmer.

David was one of a number quality pitching prospects in the Montreal Expos system in the late 1970s along with Charlie Lea and Bill Gullickson. I grew up in Memphis and the Memphis Chicks were the AA affiliate for the Expos in the Southern League, so I got to see Palmer pitch a number of times as a kid.

My family would move to Columbus Georgia in 1981, and Columbus was the home of the Astros AA affiliate, the ingeniously named Columbus Astros. (They would later become the Mudcats for a single season and abandon Columbus for North Carolina.) My first Columbus Astros game was against the Memphis Chicks.

Despite having spent a number of years in Montreal already, Palmer was back in AA following injuries and was trying to fight his way back to the big leagues. That night in Columbus, Palmer was not pitching. I, however, stood by their bullpen all game in my Memphis Chicks hat trying to get their attention. Because I was a dork, I had my glove with me. At one point, Palmer threw me a baseball. I started to throw it back to him, but he told me it was mine. Something was drawn on the ball, but I have no idea what it was. Somewhere alone the way, I lost the baseball.

FYI, the best year of his career was with the Braves in 1986.