Roberts spent 19 seasons in the majors - all but the last five with the Phillies - and was a key part of the 1950 Whiz Kids team that is perhaps the most popular team ever in Phillies history. In 1950, Roberts led the National League in games started (39) and shutouts (5). Over the course of his career, he led the NL in categories like wins, complete games, innings pitched and strikeouts.
Following the 1961 season, the Phillies sold Roberts' contract to the New York Yankees, although he never pitched for the Yanks and was released just a few months later. In the spring of 1962, Roberts signed with Baltimore and four seasons with the Orioles before being released once again. From there, Roberts pitched for Houston and the Chicago Cubs before retiring following the 1966 season. In his final season for the Cubs, he was a pitcher/coach under the legendary Leo Durocher.
In all, Roberts pitched 676 games, 609 of them as a starter, and amassed almost 4700 innings. He finished with a career mark of 286-245 with an ERA of 3.41 for his career. Of his win total, 234 wins came as a Phillie.
Perhaps the most famous stretch of play by any Phillie came at the end of the 1950 season and involved Robin Roberts. In eight days, Roberts made five starts, including throwing ten innings on the final day of the season to beat the Brooklyn Dodgers, giving the Phillies the pennant. He went on to pitch two games for the Phillies against the Yankees, pitching in tough luck. His ERA was just 1.64, but he finished 0-1 in his two games as the Phillies went down in defeat.
When you reflect on Roberts' career, he pitched during perhaps the best times that baseball has ever seen (1948-1966) and faced all of the greats of the game. Those years produced hitters like Ted Williams, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Frank Robinson, Jackie Robinson, Stan Musial and a long list of other Hall of Fame players, but yet, it was Roberts who was the most dominating pitcher in the game for many of those years.
In retirement, Roberts was a frequent visitor in spring training and could often be found at Citizens Bank Park. Whenever the Phillies honored players of the past, it wouldn't have been a complete celebration if Roberts wouldn't have been there.