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Great Don Buford Interview

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Laurila: You mentioned Jim Palmer. I assume you know you had a lot of success against him (seven for 13, with three walks, and no strikeouts). 

Buford: “Yes, I remind him of that. He doesn’t say anything.”


At the 1970 Orioles reunion at Camden, I was at the luncheon table with Jim Palmer, Roy Firestone, and a couple from Iowa. I had seen the O's vs. the Tokyo Giants in Tokyo Japan in 1971, when I was 9. (My first pro game, and the reason I became an O's fan) Before that reunion, I scoured the internet for any box scores or info I could find on their trip. The only one I found was a game in which Palmer gave up 3 homers. I mentioned it, and he remembered each of the homers, the pitch he threw, and called the park a bandbox. The man has a steel trap memory. I'd guess he remembers facing Buford....

I had a fantasy back in the day LJ Hoes would be a Buford re-incarnate. I also thought I would marry Elle Macpherson.

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He managed at Bluefield for a couple of years towards the end of his stay in the organization...he was out there once helping roll out the tarp during a rain delay and I later asked him about that and he said it was “all in a day’s work.”   

He was always out before the rookie league games, working on getting leads and jumps with the young kid players. 

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