2. Robin Roberts
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: September 30, 1926 in Springfield, IL USA
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Height: 6'0"
  • Bats: B
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: June 18, 1948
  • Final Game: September 03, 1966
  • TSN All-Star - 1952
  • TSN Major League Player of the Year - 1952
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1952
  • TSN All-Star - 1953
  • TSN All-Star - 1954
  • TSN All-Star - 1955
  • TSN Pitcher of the Year - 1955
  • Lou Gehrig Memorial Award - 1962
 
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In the first half of the 1950’s, Robin Roberts made a case as the National League’s top pitcher, and had the Cy Young Award existed then, Roberts very well could have won five in a row, whether or not sabremetircs were thought of back then! 

As you can guess from that last sentence, Robin Roberts put up excellent advanced metrics most notably leading the National League five years in a row (1950-54) in bWAR for Pitchers and his number was good enough to lead the entire NL.   Back then however, he still had the traditional numbers to catch eyes, also finishing atop the leaderboard in Wins four times and Strikeouts twice in that timeframe.  As mentioned, there were no Cy Young Awards back then but from 1950 to 1955 he finished 7th, 13th, 2nd, 6th, 7th and 5th respectively in MVP votes.  You think that wouldn’t translate into some Cy Youngs?

While Roberts dominated in the 50’s, the leader of the “Whiz Kids” could only get them to one Pennant (1950) and maybe that is why it took him four years to get into the Baseball Hall of Fame.  We do however have no problem stating that this is the best Phillie hurler ever and we don’t see that changing anytime soon.

Suitably, Roberts would enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Signed as an Amateur Free Agent before the 1948 Season.
  • Departed: Purchased by the New York Yankees 10/16/61.
  • Games Played: 529
  • Notable Statistics: 234-199 Record
    472 Games Started
    3.46 ERA
    272 Complete Games
    3,739.1 Innings Pitched
    1,871 Strikeouts
    3.49 FIP
    1.171 WHIP
    71.7 bWAR
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    All Star Game (1950, 1951, 1952, 1953 & 1954)

    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1950, 1951, 1952, 1953 & 1954)

    Most Wins (1952, 1953, 1954 & 1955)

    Lowest WHIP (1954)

    Lowest BB/9 (1952, 1953, 1954 & 1956)

    Most Innings Pitched (1951, 1952, 1953, 1954 & 1955)

    Most Strikeouts (1953 & 1954)

    Most Games Started (1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954 & 1955)

    Most Complete Games (1952, 1953, 1954, 1955 & 1956)

    Most Shutouts (1950)

    Highest SO/BB (1952, 1953, 1954, 1956 & 1959)

    Lowest FIP (1951 & 1954)

    Highest Win Probability Added (1950, 1952 & 1954)

    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Pitcher (1957 & 1958)
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