Date and Place of Birth: September 30, 1926 Springfield, Illinois
Military Unit: US Army Air Force
Area Served: United States
E Roberts, whose parents were both born in
In the late fall of 1944, he was accepted into
the regular Air Corps beginning in March. In the spring of 1945 he
was ordered to report for basic training at Shepherd Air Force Base
Roberts was discharged in November 1945 and
signed with the Phillies for a $25,000 bonus and pitched for
By 1950, Roberts had his first of six consecutive 20-win seasons under his belt including an exceptional 28-7 record in 1952 that saw him finish second only to Hank Sauer of the Cubs in the National League MVP award.
Roberts continued to pitch for the Phillies
through 1961. After being released by the Phillies at the end of the
tried out in spring training with the New York Yankees but was
released shortly after the season began. After that the Baltimore
Orioles picked him up and he had several successful seasons for the
Orioles before moving on to the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs to
conclude his career. He ended his professional career with
In his 19-season career, Roberts compiled a 286-245 record with 2,357 strikeouts, a 3.41 ERA, 305 complete games, 45 shutouts, and 4,688⅔ innings pitched in 676 games.
He later worked as a stockbroker and Phillies'
broadcaster. He then coached baseball at the
The Phillies have honored him with the retirement of his uniform
number 36 and a statue outside the first base gate of
Created December 8, 2007.
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