Robin Roberts. Hall of Fame Pitcher.Will Talk Sports.
Today's jocks are really good. No doubt about it. The athletes of today are bigger, stronger and paid a lot more. Why then do sports fans enjoy the stories of days gone by? Who knows? But Robin Roberts does have the stories. Robin played in the major leagues from 1948 to 1966, pitching in both leagues. Pitched to Jackie Robinson more times than any other pitcher. Won 20 or more games six years in a row. Won 28 games in 1952. Pitched the pennant winning season ending game in 1950 as the Philadelphia Phillies Whiz Kids won the National League Pennant by beating the Brooklyn Dodgers 4 to 1 in 10 innings. Won a total of 286 games and was voted into Baseball's Hall of Fame in 1976 .
Robin competed against many of the great players of all time including Jackie and Frank Robinson, Duke Snider, Micky Mantle, Stan Musial, Willie Mays, Henry Aaron, Eddie Mathews, and Warren Spahn to name a few. He lost his only World Series start when Joe DiMaggio hit a home-run in the tenth inning, as the Yankees won 2 to 1.
He watched baseball change so that today a complete game is a rarity. Right or wrong, Robin has strong opinions after pitching 305 complete games in 609 starts, including 28 complete games in a row in 1952 and 1953. Although individual records are emphasized when discussing baseball players, team accomplishments are what bring the fondest memories. Robin played against many fine teams and understands why some organizations are more successful than others.
To someone like Robin who started in baseball in 1948 when the minimum salary was $5,000 and top players made $25,000 to $50,000 the present day salary scale in unreal. Robin is in the unique position to discuss these changes and explain his role, for example, in how Marvin Miller was chosen and the effect of having a well run players association. How has the commissioner's position changed? Although it is more fun to talk about the games, the business side of sports has certainly become important.
Robin says he never had a real job. All of his life the first question, when he arrived home was, "Did you win?" He has been playing games or coaching most of his life. Even now a good round of golf makes his step a little quicker.
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