I.B. Palmer

Isaac Benjamin "I.B." Palmer, born June 11th, 1924 in Greenbrier, AR,1 was a professional baseball player from 1946-1957. He was the brother of Rudy Palmer and the cousin of Verlon Pallmer.


Palmer was the son of Roy Palmer and Ida (nee Thomas) Palmer.2

Palmer had a remarkable minor league career in which he hit 198 homeruns and collected 1986 hits. In 1955 with Plainview in the West Texas-New Mexico League, Palmer hit .406 with 39 homeruns in 140 games.

Palmer died on April 22nd, 2014.3 He was buried in Resthaven Memorial Park in Lubbock, TX.4


"I.B. Palmer, age 89, passed away on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. A visitation will be held at Resthaven Funeral Home in Lubbock from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24. A celebration of life service will be held in Resthaven Funeral Home's Abbey Chapel on Friday, April 25, at 1 p.m. Interment will be immediately following the service at Resthaven Memorial Park. I.B. was born June 11, 1924, in Greenbriar, Ark., to Roy and Ida (Thomas) Palmer. He graduated from Conway High School in 1942 and was attending Arkansas State Teachers College when he enlisted in the Army at the onset of World War II. I.B. married his high school sweetheart, Wilidean Hazel, on Oct. 11, 1943, in Rockford, Ill. Upon his discharge from the Army, I.B. signed a contract to play baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals Organization. The Cardinals sent him to Lamesa, Texas, to play in what was known as the West Texas New Mexico League. In 1951-52 I.B. played and managed for the Lubbock Hubbers. He retired from professional baseball in 1956 with a lifetime batting average of .348 and decided to make Lubbock his home. For the next 30 years he worked for Farmers Supply in the farm implement business while continuing to play semi-pro baseball, officiating high school football and basketball, and becoming a very accomplished golfer. I.B. was a member of the Broadway Church of Christ and enjoyed being able to serve as a greeter every Sunday. I.B. was a very outgoing man who loved people and got great joy from watching his three grandchildren grow up. He was preceded in death by his parents. I.B. is survived by his wife, Wilidean of Lubbock; his brother, Rudy and his wife Mary of Austin, Texas; two sons, Richard Palmer of Lubbock, and Rod Palmer and his wife Donna of Lubbock; three grandchildren, Blake Palmer of Las Vegas, Nev., Zane Palmer of Denton, Texas, and Abby Palmer of Lubbock, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials in I.B. Palmer's name be given to The Children's Home of Lubbock."5


Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com.