Robin Roberts, who pitched 19 seasons in the major leagues, passed away this morning at the age of 83. Roberts, who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976, won 286 games in his career, posting a stellar 3.41 ERA throughout his career.
Known mostly as a Philadelphia Phillie, Roberts spent his first 14 seasons with the Phillies, before brief stints in Baltimore, Houston, and Chicago towards the end of his career. During his career, Roberts hurled an incredible 305 complete games, pitching 300 or more innings per season in six consecutive years, winning 20 or more games in each of those seasons.
One of the last true “workhorses,” Roberts remained a devout Phillies fan, even watching last night’s Philadelphia game against the Cardinals.
From the Phillies press release:
“Dad didn’t miss a Phillies game on television, including last night. He really loved this team and was so thrilled that he was included in the World Series festivities the last two years,” said his son, Jim. “He’d sit there and would comment, ‘Did you see Jimmy make that play… Chase can really play this game… My man Jayson is some kind of an athlete… Did you see that change-up from Cole… How strong is Ryan… Roy makes pitching look so easy and it isn’t… I wish I had Brad’s slider… “Shane can fly, can’t he?.'”
The Phillies will wear special #36 patches on their jerseys to pay tribute to possibly the greatest right hander that the franchise has ever see. Roberts is survived by his five children and seven grandchildren.