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Notre Dame baseball mourns death of Ricky Palmer

| Monday, October 19, 2020

Former Notre Dame baseball catcher Ricky Palmer died Saturday morning surrounded by family and friends, according to his sister, Lauren Earnest. He was 29. Palmer, a 2013 graduate of Notre Dame, had been battling a brain tumor since November. 

Palmer walked onto the team in the fall 2010, and appeared in nine games for the Irish, all in 2011. His lone career hit, a double, came in his first career at-bat. He contributed primarily as a bullpen catcher, helping the pitching staff prepare for games. 

Born Richard Dale Palmer III, on Feb. 28, 1991, he was from Orland Park, Ill. He attended high school at Brother Rice High School. After graduating with a degree in finance, Palmer had worked at a tech startup in Chicago until his diagnosis. 

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ricky Palmer’s family,” head baseball coach Link Jarrett said. “He was the epitome of what it means to put your team, program, and Notre Dame first. A true representative of all we stand for and loved by all.” 

Palmer is survived by his parents, Richard and Priscilla Palmer, and two sisters, Lauren and Jenna.

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