A Southern Miss legend passed away on Wednesday. Let’s see how he died and Corky palmer cause of death in detail
How did Corky Palmer die?
We grieve to inform you of the passing on Wednesday, at the age of 68, of the coach of the 2009 Southern Miss team, Corky Palmer.
Peace be upon him. Corky Palmer, according to USM baseball coach Scott Berry, “wasn’t a greater representative of Southern Miss baseball and the University of Southern Miss as a whole.”
Corky Palmer Cause of death
In August 2020, Palmer experienced a serious stroke as he was recovering from neck surgery. He was sent to the Landmark nursing home in Collins shortly after that, where he stayed.
His wife Debbie Palmer, as well as his brothers Ted and Mike Palmer, are all that is left.
Prolonged illness with stroke was the Corky Palmer cause of death
Who is Corky Palmer?
Carlton Devan “Corky” Palmer (March 14, 1954 – August 10, 2022) was a college baseball chief coach at Meridian Community College and the head coach of the Southern Miss Golden Eagles baseball squad for 12 seasons, before exiting at the end of the 2009 season.
In his final season, he led the Golden Eagles to the school’s first arrival in the College World Series.
Corky, who was born on March 15th, 1954, went to Hattiesburg High School and was a catcher who earned three varsity baseball letters.
Palmer took over as the starting catcher for the Golden Eagles as a freshman during his time as a collegiate player for the Southern Miss squad.
Corky Palmer Career
Palmer, who modeled himself after Yogi Berra, a legendary player for the Yankees, had a professional career batting average of.277 and graduated from Southern Miss in 1977.
At Lee High School in Columbus, Mississippi, he took his first head coaching position after rising through the prep coaching ranks.
Palmer achieved quick success, winning three Little 10 Conference championships in the first three seasons of 1979.
After attending Columbia High School, Corky won the South State championship in 1983.
He served as an assistant coach at his alma mater in 1985 before accepting the position of head coach at Meridian Community College in 1987.
Palmer played a key role in three Juco World Series there, earning a final score of 409-160.
Before the 1998 season, the head position at the Southern Miss squad became available, and Corky immediately set about reviving the organization.
In 1999, the Golden Eagles made their third appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the history of the program.
The coach then led Southern Miss to 7 straight NCAA regionals from 2003 to 2009, winning the regular-season and tournament Conference USA championships in 2003.
“He was a development of young men from what he did both on the coaching staff and the character side as well,” Berry, Palmer’s assistant coach who worked under Palmer, said.
Tributes to Corky Palmer
Patrick Magee wrote,
“So sad to hear of the passing of Corky Palmer. He was a good guy who I always enjoyed talking to. I was honored to be there as he coached Southern Miss to the College World Series. He was a true original, and USM baseball wouldn’t be anywhere near where it is today without him.”
Mississippi baseball legend, Corky Palmer, has died at 68.
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