Robin Roberts

On October 1, 1950, in the season finale, a Brooklyn win would have forced a playoff, and a Phillies win would give them there first World Series appearance since 1915. Don Newcombe faced Robin Roberts, at Ebbets Field. The teams traded runs in the 6th, when Willi Jones knocked in Dick Sisler with a two single and in the bottom frame, Pee Wee Reese, ignoring the second base ump’s directive to slow down when his outfield fly becomes stuck between the screen and the right field wall, continues sprinting around the bases, crossing home plate with the tying run. The Dodgers shortstop’s unusual inside-the-park homer, due to an odd ground rule. Tied 1-1 in the bottom of the 9th, with 2 on and no outs, Duke Snider singled to center field and Richie Ashburn fires home to throw out Cal Abrams at the plate to help preserve the tie and Roberts gets the next 2 batters. Don Newcombe, still pitching in the 10th, will give up a go-ahead 3 run home run to Dick Sisler, and Robin Roberts will put down the Dodgers 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 10th. The Whiz Kids were on their way to the World Series!

For Robin Roberts, in the first of his six consecutive 20-win seasons, he becomes the first Phillies right-hander to win twenty games for the team since Grover Cleveland Alexander accomplished the feat with a total of 30 victories in 1917.