Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts was the 2008 Membership Spokesman. (National Baseball Hall of Fame Library)Pitcher

Born: September 30, 1926 at Springfield, IL
Height: 6-1 Weight: 200
Threw right and batted both
Philadelphia N.L. 1948-1961; Baltimore A.L. 1962-1965
Houston N.L. 1965-1966; Chicago N.L. 1966

Longtime Philadelphia Phillies ace Robin Roberts used speed and control to dominate National League hitters throughout the 1950s. "He looks like the kind of pitcher you can't wait to swing at, but you swing and the ball isn't where you thought it was," said Hall of Famer Willie Stargell. Roberts totaled 286 career wins, including a stretch of six straight 20-win seasons. "He keeps you off balance with his various change of speeds," said N.L. manager Harry Walker. "When you think you have him solved and are ready to cut yourself loose, boom comes the fastball. Faster than you think."