May 7, 2010

The Ace Of The Whiz Kids

Robin Roberts
1926 - 2010
The legendary Robin Roberts passed away yesterday at his Florida home at age 83.  The Hall-of-Famer is one of the greatest Philadelphia Phillies of all time, and among the greatest pitchers who ever played the game.

This lithograph of the seven time All Star was created two years ago by artist Bill Purdom for the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.  It depicts one of the most memorable games from his long career.  It was October 1st, 1950 - the final game of the regular season.  The Phillies were in Brooklyn playing the Dodgers with the pennant on the line.  Roberts pitched a 10 inning complete game shutout to clinch the 1950 National League pennant for the Whiz Kids.

I found out about Mr. Roberts' passing while we were in New York waiting for the theater to open for the A-Ha concert.  I took this picture of the ABC News ticker at Times Square Studio (where Good Morning America is filmed) just a few moments after I found out.