Robin Roberts, the hard throwing right handed pitcher for the 1950 National League Champion Whiz Kid Philadelphia Phillies passed away on Thursday at the age of 83.
A graduate of Michigan State University, were he was a star basketball player for the Spartans, Roberts was simply the best hurler in the National League between 1950, and 1955. He led the N.L. in wins in 1952-53-54-55, led the N.L. in innings pitched in 1951-52-53-54-55, and in complete games in 1952-53-54-55-56, once throwing 28 complete games between the '52-'53 seasons. Roberts won 286 big league games, struck put 2,357 batters, and finished with an ERA of 3.41. The strong right hander threw 305 complete games, 5 more than the total of every Phillies pitcher from 1985 to the present day.
. Roberts one problem during his big league career was the long ball...he gave up a record 505 HR's, a record that may be broken by current Phillies left hander Jamie Moyer, who has served up 498 gopher balls.
Roberts continued to follow the Phillies closely after his retirement, and the team will wear a special patch on their jerseys the rest of the season in honor of Roberts.
Roberts had his #36 retired by the Phillies in 1962, and in 1976 he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.