From Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman on Twitter:
Lots of sadness in Phillies clubhouse over the passing of Phillies great Robin Roberts.
Roberts was 83 when he passed away today. No news on how he died but I’m assuming natural causes.
I never got to see Roberts pitch obviously but the stories I read, including in Todd Zolecki’s recent book, Roberts was one of the greatest and most durable pitchers of all time. Stories also recounted him as being an amazing person and a wonderful man.
Some very cool trivia about Roberts:
- He was a member of the “Whiz Kids” in 1950.
- Pitched 28 consecutive complete games.
- Won at least 20 games from 1950-55.
- He was 286-245 with 2,357 strikeouts, a 3.41 ERA, 305 complete games, 45 shutouts, and 4,688⅔ innings pitched in 676 games.
- He is the only pitcher in major league history to defeat the Boston, Milwaukee, and Atlanta Braves.
- He was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY in 1976.
- His number is retired at Citizens Bank Park and he has a statue on the first base side of the stadium.