Robin Roberts Dead At Age 83

With the passing years back of Richie Ashburn, Robin Roberts may have taken the reins as the most beloved living Phillies player. He was a frequent visitor at spring training and Citizens Bank Park, always with his trademark smile.

The Phillies family lost a true legend and friend with the passing of Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts at age 83. Roberts was a giant among the ranks of former Phillies.

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.

Robin Roberts' career stats

Year Tm W L ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO
1948 Phillies 7 9 3.19 20 20 9 0 146.2 148 63 52 10 61 84
1949 Phillies 15 15 3.69 43 31 11 3 226.2 229 101 93 15 75 95
1950 Phillies 20 11 3.02 40 39 21 5 304.1 282 112 102 29 77 146
1951 Phillies 21 15 3.03 44 39 22 6 315.0 284 115 106 20 64 127
1952 Phillies 28 7 2.59 39 37 30 3 330.0 292 104 95 22 45 148
1953 Phillies 23 16 2.75 44 41 33 5 346.2 324 119 106 30 61 198
1954 Phillies 23 15 2.97 45 38 29 4 336.2 289 116 111 35 56 185
1955 Phillies 23 14 3.28 41 38 26 1 305.0 292 137 111 41 53 160
1956 Phillies 19 18 4.45 43 37 22 1 297.1 328 155 147 46 40 157
1957 Phillies 10 22 4.07 39 32 14 2 249.2 246 122 113 40 43 128
1958 Phillies 17 14 3.24 35 34 21 1 269.2 270 112 97 30 51 130
1959 Phillies 15 17 4.27 35 35 19 2 257.1 267 137 122 34 35 137
1960 Phillies 12 16 4.02 35 33 13 2 237.1 256 113 106 31 34 122
1961 Phillies 1 10 5.85 26 18 2 0 117.0 154 85 76 19 23 54
1962 Baltimore 10 9 2.78 27 25 6 0 191.1 176 63 59 17 41 102
1963 Baltimore 14 13 3.33 35 35 9 2 251.1 230 100 93 35 40 124
1964 Baltimore 13 7 2.91 31 31 8 4 204.0 203 69 66 18 52 109
1965 Baltimore 5 7 3.38 20 15 5 1 114.2 110 51 43 17 20 63
1965 Houston 5 2 1.89 10 10 3 2 76.0 61 22 16 1 10 34
1965 Combined 10 9 2.78 30 25 8 3 190.2 171 73 59 18 30 97
1966 Houston 3 5 3.82 13 12 1 1 63.2 79 31 27 7 10 26
1966 Cubs 2 3 6.14 11 9 1 0 48.1 62 35 33 8 11 28
1966 Combined 5 8 4.82 24 21 2 1 112.0 141 66 60 15 21 54
19 Seasons 286 245 3.41 676 609 305 45 4688.2 4582 1962 1774 *505* 902 2357



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