Robin Roberts was never a flashy or high-profile pitcher - he never struck out more than 200 batters in a single year. But he was steady, dependable and durable - for 6 straight seasons, from 1950-1955, he led the league in starts, and he led the league in complete games 5 straight times, from 1952 to 1956. He also led the league in innings pitched 5 straight times, from 1951 to 1955.
During these great seasons, he was a perennial 20-game winner (he led the NL in wins 4 times in a row, from 1952 to 1955). He had a great fastball and terrific control, and was among the stingiest pitchers in the game at allowing baserunners. In 1950, he pitched the Phillies to their first pennant in 35 years with a 20-11 record.
Roberts retired with 286 wins, against 245 losses. Like Warren Spahn - another great, durable pitcher who logged innings in the 1950s - he won games for a team that wasn't successful. The Phillies were a sub-.500 team for most of Roberts' best seasons.
"I never slept when I lost. I'd see the sun come up without ever having closed my eyes.
see those base hits over and over and they would drive me crazy."
|BASEBALL: Scores / Schedules | Standings | Stats | Transactions | Injuries|