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Robin Roberts

Artist
Henry Koerner, 1915 - 1991
Sitter
Robin Evan Roberts, 30 Sep 1926 - 6 May 2010
Date
1956
Type
Painting
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
Stretcher: 71.1 x 55.9 x 2.5cm (28 x 22 x 1")
Frame: 79.1 x 63.8 x 5.1cm (31 1/8 x 25 1/8 x 2")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
© Henry Koerner
Object number
NPG.78.TC699
Exhibition Label
In 1950 the pitching heroics of right-hander Robin Roberts carried the Philadelphia Phillies to their first National League pennant in thirty-five years. Roberts was in his second full year in the majors when the usually lackluster Phillies made a strong bid for the league championship. But as the baseball season drew to a close, Philadelphia suddenly began to falter. With a pitching staff in disarray, it fell to Roberts to reverse the downward spiral. He started five times in the last eight days of the season and in the final game defeated the Brooklyn Dodgers in ten innings to clinch the pennant for the Phillies. In the years that followed, Roberts proved to be Philadelphia's mainstay. Posting six consecutive seasons of twenty or more victories (1950-55), Roberts's consistency and pinpoint control made him one of the era's best pitchers.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition
Champions
On View
NPG, South Gallery 341 Mezzanine