Baseball Hall of Famer Robin Roberts, two-sport star at Michigan State, dies


The Philadelphia Phillies say Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts has died at the age of 83.

The Phillies said in a statement that Roberts died of natural causes Thursday morning at his home in Temple Terrace, Fla.

At Michigan State, Roberts was a star on both the baseball and basketball teams from 1945 to 1947. He was named to the college baseball 100th anniversary All-Star team in 1959.

Roberts led the Phillies to the 1950 National League pennant as part of the famed "Whiz Kids."

The right-hander was the most productive pitcher in the National League in the first half of the 1950s, topping the league in wins from 1952 to 1955, innings pitched from '51 to '55 and complete games from '52 to '56.

He won 286 games over his career and put together six consecutive 20-win seasons. Roberts had 45 career shutouts, 2,357 strikeouts and a lifetime ERA of 3.40.