With a seemingly effortless motion, pinpoint control, a blazing, dancing fastball, and an unequaled competitive spirit, Robin Roberts enjoyed one of the most celebrated careers in baseball history. He made his Major League debut in the summer of 1948 and became one of the most notable sports figures of the fifties. His many accomplishments on the mound helped to make him one of the more distinguished residents of Cooperstown, and he will always be remembered as the most dominant National League pitcher of his time.
In addition, Roberts was as impressive a storyteller as he was an athlete, and his experiences and encounters leading up to, throughout, and following his incredible nineteen-year career made for an extraordinary life. Throwing Hard Easy is Roberts’s own account, recalling his childhood, his playing days, and life after baseball. This edition features new photographs and a new foreword by his son, James Roberts, as well as a new introduction by his coauthor and lifelong fan, C. Paul Rogers III.
Robin Roberts (1926–2010) was a Major League pitcher who spent most of his career with the Phillies and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976. He is the coauthor of The Whiz Kids and the 1950 Pennant (with C. Paul Rogers III). C. Paul Rogers III is the coauthor of several books, including Lucky Me: My Sixty-Five Years in Baseball (with Eddie Robinson).
"C. Paul Rogers' effort has produced a solid and admirable record of the career and life of an enduringly good man who earned the respect of both his colleagues and fans through his honesty, loyalty, tireless work ethic, professionalism, personal integrity and simple decency."—Robert Ciaffa, AETHLON: The Journal of Sport Literature