This Date in Baseball History – July 5

Obit Robin Roberts Baseball

In an age where pitcher maintenance and arm fatigue are frequent concerns in baseball, it’s unthinkable for a player to pitch 300-plus innings or go a full nine innings on a routine basis, but that’s exactly what Robin Roberts did at his peak in the 1950s. On July 5, 1953, Roberts went the distance for the 28th consecutive start.

Mick Gillispie told the story of Roberts going the distance – and, in the case of July 5, above and beyond – during the sixth inning of Tennessee’s game with the Birmingham Barons on Saturday.

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The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.


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