Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Vin Scully, on Robin Roberts

Vin Scully, from the Dodgers' May 6 broadcast:

One of the great pitchers in the National League passed away today, and if you had anything to do with the city of Philadelphia, you would treasure the name and the memory. And that would be Robin Roberts.

Pitch in for a strike.

Robin Roberts, in the Hall of Fame, started six hundred and nine games in his unbelievable career. Can you imagine he had three hundred and five complete games? And we're talking about the fifties, not like nineteen hundred and five.

Foul ball, it's going to go into the stands. So Blake is still there, two and two.

Robin Roberts also told us and showed us that even though you give up home runs, you can be a successful pitcher. Robin Roberts, in his career, gave up five hundred and six home runs, and he's in the Hall of Fame.

Because I remember when he pitched with the Phillies, the so-called "Whiz Kids," most of the home runs he allowed were with the bases empty.

So Robin Roberts, at eighty-three, passed away today.

Two-two pitch, swung on and missed, and that'll do it for Casey Blake.

One of the most exciting, pressure-packed games I ever saw, admittedly younger and more impressionable and emotional, I guess, was Robin Roberts and Don Newcombe in the first playoff game. Ebbets Field, winner goes to the World Series.

It was one-one into the tenth inning. And I mean, you talk about a pressure-packed game, as Martin takes a strike. And the left fielder for Philadelphia named Dick Sisler, left-hand batter, his father George in the Hall of Fame. Dick hit a home run to left field with two men aboard.

Phillies won that game, went on to the Series and lost in four to the Yankees.

Martin grounds out. It wouldn't be right to let it get away without putting a spotlight on the name Robin Roberts.

At the end of three....

A little while ago, reminiscing about that great playoff game, Don Newcombe and Robin Roberts. One of the most remarkable things happened in that game.

That's going to go foul.

The right-field wall at Ebbets Field was a concave concrete wall. It had a cyclone fence on top of it, and at the top of the wall, it might have been five inches wide at the most, maybe four. Four inches top, and then the base of the screen.

Ball two.

It was one to nothing in favor of Philadelphia in the seventh inning and Pee Wee Reese came up to hit against Robin Roberts. And Pee Wee hit a high fly ball to right field, and it grazed the screen coming down and landed flush on the concrete ledge.

Meanwhile, Blake DeWitt is going to have a long single to left field. And Jamey Carroll will be coming up.

Anyway, the ball landed on this four-, five-inch wide concrete ledge, bounced high in the air, came back and bounced again, and bounced again, and bounced again, and stopped. And the right fielder, Del Ennis of the Phillies, standing there begging for the ball to come down off the wall. It never did. It just sat there. You couldn't keep that ball up there in a million tries — and it was the tying run. And I mean the borough of Brooklyn went bananas.

So here's Jamey Carroll, doubled to right in the second inning. And then John Ely on deck.

However, in the ninth inning of that game, one-one, the Dodgers had the winning run thrown out at the plate. And then in the tenth inning lost the game.

Carroll one-for-one, hitting two sixty-five....


Kyle Baker said...

Rockin' Robin, indeed. Love that lofi pic, too.

Fred's Brim said...

I was talking to my dad last night and Robin Roberts came up. He mentioned that at one point, Roberts had won 20 games for 6 years in a row and they started saying you could count on three things: death, taxes and Robin Roberts winning 20 games. Of course he only won 19 that year and never won 20 again.