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Robin Roberts

Robin Roberts
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Henry Koerner, 1915 - 1991
Robin Evan Roberts, 30 Sep 1926 - 6 May 2010
Oil on canvas
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")
Nature & Environment\Plant\Tree
Exterior\Sports arena\Baseball stadium
Robin Evan Roberts: Male
Robin Evan Roberts: Sports and Recreation\Coach
Robin Evan Roberts: Sports and Recreation\Athlete\Baseball\Pitcher
Robin Evan Roberts: Business and Finance\Businessperson\Executive\Investment
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine
Restrictions & Rights
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© Henry Koerner
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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.
Collection Description
In 1978, Time magazine donated approximately eight hundred works of original cover art to the National Portrait Gallery. The museum is dedicated to telling the stories of individuals who have shaped the United States, and the Time Collection—featuring prominent international figures and events—enriches our understanding of the United States in a global context.
En 1978, la revista Time donó a la National Portrait Gallery cerca de 800 obras de arte originales creadas para sus portadas. Nuestro museo se dedica a narrar la historia de figuras que han contribuido a forjar el desarrollo de Estados Unidos, y es así que la Colección Time, que incluye retratos de importantes personalidades internacionales, nos ayuda a comprender mejor a nuestra nación en un contexto global.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery