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Robin Roberts wanted to be professional athlete before becoming journalist

Robin Roberts wanted to be professional athlete before becoming journalist

NEW YORK, June 21 (UPI) --'Good Morning America' anchor Robin Roberts said she initially wanted to be a professional athlete, not a journalist.
Danielle Haynes
Robin Roberts and girlfriend Amber Laign show their support for LGBT students

Robin Roberts and girlfriend Amber Laign show their support for LGBT students

NEW YORK, May 22 (UPI) --'Good Morning America' co-host Robin Roberts and girlfriend Amber Laign made a rare red carpet appearance at the 11th annual GLSEN Respect Awards.
Annie Martin
Diane Sawyer scores first interview with Hillary Clinton new book

Diane Sawyer scores first interview with Hillary Clinton new book

NEW YORK, May 20 (UPI) --After a month of courting, Hillary Clinton has chosen to give ABC News' Diane Sawyer the first interview about her new book Hard Choices.
Matt Bradwell
Barbara Walters bids farewell to 'The View'

Barbara Walters bids farewell to 'The View'

NEW YORK, May 16 (UPI) --Barbara Walters' last episode as co-host of "The View" -- the female-centric, multi-host chat show she created in 1997 -- has aired on ABC.
Karen Butler
'Good Morning America' anchor George Stephanopoulos signs new deal

'Good Morning America' anchor George Stephanopoulos signs new deal

NEW YORK, April 24 (UPI) -- Terms of George Stephanopoulos' contract extension with "Good Morning America" not revealed.
Danielle Haynes
Robin Roberts releases tell-all memoir

Robin Roberts releases tell-all memoir

NEW YORK, April 23 (UPI) -- "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts released a tell-all memoir, "Everybody's Got Something," and appeared on "The Late Show" to discuss the new book.
Annie Martin
Lara Spencer promoted to 'Good Morning America' co-host

Lara Spencer promoted to 'Good Morning America' co-host

NEW YORK, April 18 (UPI) -- Lara Spencer to join Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos as co-hosts of "Good Morning America."
Danielle Haynes
ESPN's Tony Reali will join the 'Good Morning America' cast as contributor

ESPN's Tony Reali will join the 'Good Morning America' cast as contributor

NEW YORK, April 10 (UPI) -- Changes at "Good Morning America" keep coming: ESPN's "Around the Horn" host Tony Reali will join the "GMA" cast as a regular contributor.
Annie Martin
Lara Spencer and 'Good Morning America' finalize long-term deal

Lara Spencer and 'Good Morning America' finalize long-term deal

March 28 (UPI) -- Lara Spencer will remain at "Good Morning America," and signed a new long-term deal with the show earlier this week.
Annie Martin
Robin Roberts to guest judge 'Dancing With the Stars'

Robin Roberts to guest judge 'Dancing With the Stars'

March 26 (UPI) -- Robin Roberts to be first in a series of celebrity guest judges on "Dancing With the Stars."
Danielle Haynes
Robin Roberts, Tyson Beckford to cover Oscar red-carpet arrivals

Robin Roberts, Tyson Beckford to cover Oscar red-carpet arrivals

NEW YORK, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, Jess Cagle and Tyson Beckford are to cover the red-carpet arrivals at the Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles, ABC announced.
Robin Roberts, Tyson Beckford to host Oscars red carpet show

Robin Roberts, Tyson Beckford to host Oscars red carpet show

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- ABC's red-carpet line up will include Robin Roberts, Tyson Beckford, Lara Spencer and Jess Cagle.
Kate Stanton
Robin Roberts shares first photo of girlfriend Amber Laign

Robin Roberts shares first photo of girlfriend Amber Laign

Jan. 6 (UPI) -- The "Good Morning America" anchor opened up about her year-end Facebook post and shared a family photo on Monday.
Kate Stanton
Amber Lagin, Robin Roberts to ring in New Year on island getaway

Amber Lagin, Robin Roberts to ring in New Year on island getaway

Dec. 31 (UPI) -- Robin Roberts and Amber Lagin chose a romantic holiday getaway to ring in the new year.
Gabrielle Levy
Robin Roberts says she is a lesbian; has a longtime partner

Robin Roberts says she is a lesbian; has a longtime partner

NEW YORK, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- "Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts announced on Facebook she is a lesbian and has a longtime girlfriend, massage therapist Amber Laign.
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National Baseball Hall of Fame member Robin Roberts waves to the crowd as he is introduced during induction ceremonies for new members Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice in Cooperstown, New York on July 26, 2009. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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Robin Evan Roberts (September 30, 1926 – May 6, 2010) was a Major League Baseball starting pitcher who pitched primarily for the Philadelphia Phillies (1948–61). He spent the latter part of his career with the Baltimore Orioles (1962–65), Houston Astros (1965–66), and Chicago Cubs (1966). He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976.

Roberts was born in Springfield, Illinois, the son of an immigrant Welsh coal miner. He arrived in East Lansing, Michigan as part of an Army Air Corps training program. After World War II, Roberts returned to Michigan State College to play basketball, not baseball. Roberts led the Spartans' basketball team in field-goal percentage in 1946–1947, was captain of the team during the 1946–1947 and 1949–1950 seasons, and earned three varsity letters in basketball. He wore number 17 for the Spartans. After his second season playing basketball, Roberts tried out for the Michigan State baseball team, becoming a pitcher because it was the position that coach John Kobs needed most. After playing for Michigan State and spending his second summer playing in Vermont with the Barre–Montpelier Twin City Trojans, he was signed by the Phillies.

Roberts made his major league debut on June 18, 1948, and in 1950 he led his Phillies—whose overall youth earned them the nickname the Whiz Kids—to their first National League pennant in 35 years. Roberts started three games in the last five days of the season, defeating the heavily favored Brooklyn Dodgers at Ebbets Field, in a pennant-deciding, 10-inning game. This marked his 20th victory of the season and Roberts became the Phillies' first 20-game-winner since Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1917.

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