Astros in the Sky
Baseball Hall of Fame
Born: Sep 30, 1926
Signed by the Phillies out of Michigan St., the righthander became a workhorse throughout the 1950s, winning 20 games or more for six straight seasons while leading the Phillies to the National League pennant in 1950. Roberts was a seven-time All-Star who led the NL in wins for four straight years.
After 14 seasons as a legend in Philly, Roberts was shockingly sent to the Yankees after the 1961 season and released before the next spring training. Baltimore signed him and he pitched there for 3-1/2 years. When the Orioles released him in 1965, the publicity-starved Astros signed him for the rest of the season.
Always yearning for a chance to show the Phillies they had made a mistake to let him go, Roberts blanked his old team, 8-0, in his Astros debut. He concluded the season with a 5-2 record with two shutouts and a 1.89 ERA in ten starts. He pitched again with Houston in 1966 but was 3-5 with a 3.82 ERA when he was released at mid-season and signed by the Cubs where he completed his big league career.
Overall, Roberts' record of 286-245 with an amazing 305 complete games (45 shutouts) along with 25 saves was good enough to have him voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on his fourth try in 1976.
Roberts passed away from natural causes at age 83 on May 6, 2010 in Temple Terrace, FL.