Reising/Rogers: Remembering Springfield’s HOF pitcher, Robin Roberts

From SABR members Bob Reising and Paul Rogers at Springfield Scene Magazine on July 31, 2016:

Robin Evan Roberts’ baseball travels took him from Springfield to where everyone who ever played our great game hopes to end up, with a plaque in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. In a remarkable 18 year major league career, mostly with the Philadelphia Phillies and Baltimore Orioles, Roberts won 286 games. He was a dominant pitcher in the 1950s and his durability is the stuff of legends. He won 20 or more games for six consecutive years, topped by a 28-7 record in 1952. He threw over 300 innings in a season six times and was the starting pitcher for the National League All-Star team five times. Even more remarkable was his record of 28 straight complete games during the 1952 and 1953 seasons.

Ninety years after his birth, fifty since his final major-league pitching win, and forty since his election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, what Roberts accomplished both on and away from the playing field remains admirable and inspiring.

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Originally published: August 10, 2016. Last Updated: August 10, 2016.