We got some sad news in the office today...Phillies legend and Baseball Hall of Famer Robin Roberts passed away this morning.
Roberts was born in 1926 in Springfield, IL. The right handed pitcher played for a couple of teams but will always be remembered as a member of the "Whiz Kids." Roberts was one of the superstars of that 1950 pennant winning squad and played for the Phillies from 1948 - 61, with his heyday being in the early 1950's. From 1950 - 55 Roberts won 20 games each season and led the National League in victories from 1952 - 55. His best career year was 1953 when he finished the season with a 23 - 16 record.
Roberts and Phillies President Dave Mongomery during a 2008 ceremony honoring Robin.
Roberts was sent to the Yankees after the 1961 season. During spring training for the 1962 season the Phillies retired his number prior to a game against the Yankees. It was the first time that the Phils retired a player's number and only the second time that an active player's number was retired.
We've been honored to make Roberts' jersey for years now and we were particularly thrilled when he was spotted recently in one of our track jackets.
Thanks for the memories Mr. Roberts, you will be missed.