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Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer long wondered if he’s related to JFK. At 72, he learned the truth.

Spoiler: He’s not. But this is an interesting read anyway.

Perry Posted: May 11, 2018 at 08:38 PM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dna, genealogy, jim palmer, orioles

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   1. eric Posted: May 12, 2018 at 01:11 PM (#5671254)
But this is an interesting read anyway.

Agreed. I read the whole thing.

A few of my cousins are adopted. Within the last 10-15 years, all went and found their biological parents, and in some cases, full biological siblings and new, quite large, extended family. It really is quite an experience for those involved. I'm happy for Jim.
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 12, 2018 at 01:26 PM (#5671258)
I'm adopted. It was all arranged before I was born, and my parents (adoptive) handled it perfectly - I grew up always knowing, and it was never a big deal at all. I didn't have any issues about it. I was a kid when the "very special episode" of Family Ties aired where Skippy found out that he was adopted, and so my classmates thought it should be some big dramatic secret, but I just couldn't relate to that at all.

I never had any real desire to find my birth parent(s), but lately there has been one thing that nags at me every now and then - maybe there is a woman (or, less likely in my mind, a man) out there who wonders what happened to the baby she gave up 41 years ago. What if it's something that causes her pain? I sometimes think that on the off chance that that is the case, I should reach out to tell her that things turned out absolutely wonderfully for me, that I was adopted in to an amazing family who gave me all the love that any child should have, that I had all the opportunities I could have wanted - basically that, because of her selfless act, I hit the lottery the day I was born. If she is out there and in need of peace of mind about that decision, I would love to be able to give that to her.

Or, on the other hand, if she treats the whole thing as a dark secret in her past that she would never want to revisit, I would completely understand that as well. I've just never related to the whole "You didn't want me???!!!" mentality that some adoptees have. It didn't have anything to do with me as a person - hell, I wasn't even a person yet in any real sense. So anyway, those thoughts occasionally make me think I should reach out now that records have been opened.
   3. Traderdave Posted: May 12, 2018 at 02:22 PM (#5671277)
I am adopted raised in a family of 9 kids, 7 bio and 2 adopted. In turn, both of our children are adopted as well.

Through these DNA services I have recently learned the identities of my birth parents. I was devastated to learn that my birth mother passed away in 1975, so I will never be able share with her the sincere & loving thanks that Billy Ripken describes above (and btw I LOVE your handle, makes me smile every time I read it). Birth father lives in a dementia care facility on the other side of the country. I am still not sure about meeting him.

I have met a half brother and a cousin in person and both were rewarding experiences, but it has been a head trip like no other. I have learned of significant dysfunction on both sides of my DNA family and in a way that is par for the course. When I was born in the 60's in the Deep South, out of wedlock births were deeply shameful for girls from good families and there were other major family dramas on top of that. I heard a saying when we were in the adoption process that "Behind every adoption is a tragedy." There's a lot of truth in that.

I have not shared this revelation with my parents, as I fear they would be hurt that I searched out my birth parents. I really would like to share but I also see no reason to upset & possibly deeply hurt gentle, kind octogenarians.

Though it has been an emotional storm, I have no regrets, but I do suggest anyone who is considering spitting in that test tube that they carefully prepare for a storm of their own.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: May 12, 2018 at 02:34 PM (#5671278)
I have not shared this revelation with my parents, as I fear they would be hurt that I searched out my birth parents.
This is big thing for me as well - I would never want to do anything that might hurt my parents.

I have met a half brother and a cousin in person and both were rewarding experiences, but it has been a head trip like no other.
Yeah, I think about that sometimes - that I've never met someone who shares any DNA with me, which sets me apart from just about everyone else, and what a trip it would be if I did.
   5. Traderdave Posted: May 12, 2018 at 08:57 PM (#5671371)
email me if you would like more detail
   6. AndrewJ Posted: May 13, 2018 at 08:36 AM (#5671466)
My sister (now 46) was adopted. She got in touch with her birth mother about 10-15 years ago and is on good terms with her and her natural siblings.

Once, Palmer met Ethel Kennedy at a function and told her the story of the Kennedy name appearing on his birth certificate. She listened to the known details, which were few, took a long look at Palmer, and said, "Let's see . . . . Which of the boys could that have been?"

Hmm. In 1945 Joe Jr. was already dead and Teddy was only about 12, Jack was still recuperating from the PT-109 incident and Bobby was (I think) serving in the Navy.

My money would have been on Joe Sr.

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