Jim Palmer had many accomplishments in baseball: Three Cy Young Awards, Three World Series Championships, and the most wins by any pitcher during the 1970’s. His election into the Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1990 was well-deserved.
But to many gay men of a certain age, the name Jim Palmer also conjures up different memories. In the late 70’s and early 80’s, Jim Palmer was a national spokesman/model for Jockey Briefs, appearing in print and television ads for the underwear giant.
Little did Jim know the floodgates he would be opening, as other athletes followed suit during the 80’s, including gymnastics Olympian Bart Conner …
The NY Islanders …
And … Pete Rose!
Today is Jim Palmers’ 69th birthday, so let’s pay tribute by taking a closer look at the cultural movement that he helped to start.
We have to begin by acknowledging the heir apparent to Jim Palmer’s legacy, soccer star David Beckham, who has turned the movement into an art form.
Over the last decade, the movement has grown by an exponential factor, as athletes from all over the world, from every sport imaginable, have stripped down to the almost bare essentials. Enjoy this sample study, and let’s please do everything we can to keep the movement alive!
Spanish soccer player Alberto de la Bella
British rugby God Ben Cohen
American Football player Cam Newton
Australian swimmer Christian Sprenger
Portuguese soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo
Italian soccer player Dani Osvaldo
New Zealand Rugby player Dan Carter
Australian rugby player David Williams
Belgian pole vaulter Denis Goossens
Ivorian Soccer player Didier Drogba
American basketball player Dwight Howard
Australian swimmer Eamon Sullivan
American football player Earl Bennett
Spanish tennis player Fernando Verdasco
Swedish soccer player Fredrik Ljungberg
Japanese soccer player Hidetoshi Nakata
Italian soccer players
Filipino rugby player Jake Robrigadao
British rugby player James Haskell
Australian swimmer James Magnussen
Spanish soccer player Javi Martinez
Australian rugby player John Williams
American soccer player Lance Parker
Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi
Italian swimmer Luca Dotto
Argentine soccer player Lucas Giovini
German soccer player Lukas Podolski
Australian diver Matthew Mitcham
Filipino rugby player Ned Plarizan
English-Filipino soccer player Neil Etheridge
Brazilian soccer player Neymar
Australian rugby player Nick Youngquest
Brazilian soccer player Oscar Emboaba
Australian tennis player Pat Rafter
Filipino Rugby player Patrice Ortiz
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal
American football player Rob Gronkowski
Australian rugby player Sandor Earl
Scottish rugby player Thom Evans
We hope you enjoyed this small sample. Who is your favorite athlete/underwear model?