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Former Cubs Lefty Dave Roberts Dies at Age 64

Posted on 11 January 2009 by Lou

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Former Cubs left-handed pitcher Dave Roberts dies of lung cancer at the age of 64. In his 13-year MLB career, Roberts played for the San Diego Padres, Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, Chicago Cubs, San Francisco Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners and New York Mets. Roberts retired from major league baseball in 1981. Roberts made 445 appearances, splitting time as a reliever and starter. He won 103 games and also saved 15 games. He accumulated an impressive 3.78 ERA during those 13 years.

Roberts won a World Series Championship with the Pirates in 1979. His best year came in 1973 as a starter for the Astros. That year he won 17 games with a sparkling 2.85 ERA. He also pitched 12 complete games – unheard of these days – including 6 shutouts. In 1971, while with the Padres, Roberts finished 2nd in the National League with an amazing 2.10 ERA.

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