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    1949 Bowman Robin Roberts #46 PSA Gem Mint 10 - Pop One!. "Probably the best fastball I ever saw was Robin Roberts'. His ball would rise six or eight inches and with plenty on it," said Hall of Fame slugger Ralph Kiner about Roberts' best pitch. Okay, we know scientists have proven that a rising fastball is an illusion, but Roberts used this illusion and a good curve ball to strike out 2,357 batters in his career while walking only 902. Roberts was a student at Michigan State and had played on the basketball team when he tried out for the university's baseball team. When Roberts, who considered himself a position player, found the team needed pitchers, he became a pitcher. Roberts eventually turned pro in 1948, and after pitching on two levels in the Philadelphia Phils' minors that year, was called up to big club in mid-season. He did reasonably well in '48 and '49. Then, from 1950-1955, Roberts had his best seasons. He led the 1950 Philadelphia "Whiz Kids" to the National League pennant, going 20-11 in 1950. He won over 20 games for each of the next five years. Roberts went 138-78 from 1950-'55. He also led the NL in games started in each season from 1950-55, led in complete games each season from '52-56, and pitched more innings than any National League hurler each campaign from '51-55.
    Perhaps all the work was taking a toll. Roberts' performance tailed off. He played for the Baltimore Orioles from '62 through mid-1965, and he had a resurgence. He continued his career with Houston and played his final season with the Chicago Cubs in 1966, where he was a mentor to rookie right-hander Ferguson Jenkins, a future Hall of Famer. A 7-time All-Star, Roberts finished 286-245. The rarest condition card for this 1950s ace. Graded PSA Gem Mint 10. This is the one and only card graded GEM MINT by PSA! The ultimate hobby entry


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