Astros in the Sky
Born: Sep 11, 1944
The lefty from Ohio established himself in 1971 when he had a dazzling 2.10 ERA while posting a 14-17 record for the lowly Padres. David Arthur Roberts was with his fourth organization. That was soon to be five when the Astros acquired him that off-season for three players. He had four years in Houston with hot-and-cold results. He left with a 47-44 record, four saves and a 3.69 ERA, including 11 shutouts.
In 1974, he authored the fastest game in franchise history - outdueling Steve Carlton and the Phillies in just one hour and 26 minutes.
The Astros dealt him to Detroit when they entered a rebuilding phase after the 1975 season and he continued his career with the Tigers, Cubs, Giants, Pirates, Mariners and Mets. For his 13 seasons, he had a 103-125 record with a 3.78 ERA. He pitched 20 shutouts and notched 15 saves.
Roberts passed away from cancer on January 9, 2009 in Morgantown, WV at age 64.