Robin Roberts pitched for parts of 19-seasons and was one of the great workhorses in Major League history. He regularly was among the league leaders in games started, innings pitched and complete games, at one point completing 28 in a row. He debuted for Philadelphia in 1948, and quickly became a mainstay and anchor of the Phillies pitching staff; he would be their Opening Day starter 12 straight seasons (1950-1961). During the first half of the 1950s he was one of the best right-handers in the NL. He relied on his control, being especially stingy with walks allowed, while striking out 2,357 batters during his career. He would win 20 or more games 6 seasons in a row (1950-1955), and compile a lifetime record of 286-245. He would be selected an All-Star 7 times and start the game for the NL for five consecutive years. In 1950, as the Phillies’ ace, he handled a heavy workload down the stretch and was an important part of the pennant winning “Whiz Kids” team. Later he would pitch for the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros and finished up his career with the Chicago Cubs in 1966. Even though his playing career was not yet over, his #36 was retired by the Phillies in 1962. There is a statue erected of him outside of Citizen’s Bank Ballpark in Philadelphia.
September 18, 2016