Robin Roberts notches 28th straight complete game
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Roberts went back out to the mound in the bottom of the 10th, completing the game by striking out Pittsburgh’s Frank Thomas.
With the streak beginning on Aug. 28, 1952, the game on July 5, 1953 was just the second time Roberts pitched into extra innings during the streak. His other extra inning game saw him last all 17 innings against Brooklyn on Sept. 17, 1952.
Never missing a start in the 1950s, Roberts compiled six straight 20-win seasons from 1950-1955 and finished his career with 305 complete games in 609 starts.
“Workhorse is a weak description,” Philadelphia Daily News writer Stan Hochman wrote about Roberts in 2003. “He was a mule, stubborn, cantankerous and willing to toil from sunup to sundown.”
Roberts ended his streak with 257.1 innings pitched, 233 hits, 80 runs – 72 of which were earned – 22 home runs, 48 walks, 131 strikeouts and a 2.57 earned run average.
“For two generations of fans, he symbolized the best in athletic competition.” James A. Michener wrote in The New York Times. “Day after day, he went out there and threw that high, hard one down the middle, a marvelously coordinated man doing his job. If he has pitched for the Yankees, he might have won 350 games.”