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Hall of Famer to Appear at Duck Pond

The Madison Mallards are pleased to announce that Baseball Hall of Famer Robin Roberts will make an appearance at the Duck Pond on Sunday, June 25, 2006.

Roberts won 286 games in a major league career that began in 1948 with the Philadelphia Phillies. Roberts spent 14 seasons with the Phillies and was an All-Star for seven straight seasons (1950-56). Roberts led the National League in wins for four consecutive years (1952-55), earning a career high 28 in 1952. Between 1950 and 1955, the right hander pitched at least 300 innings per season.

After stints in Baltimore and Houston, Roberts’ career ended with the Chicago Cubs in 1966. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976.

“Probably the best fastball I ever saw was Robin Roberts’,? said Ralph Kiner, Another Hall of Famer. ?Robin didn’t throw as hard as Rex Barney, but his ball would rise around six or eight inches, and with plenty on it. And he had great control, which made him very difficult to hit.”

An outstanding all-around athlete, Roberts was recruited to Michigan State as a basketball star, where he then blossomed as a baseball pitcher, tossing a no-hitter against college rival Michigan.

The Mallards host the Alexandria Beetles on June 25. The first 1,000 fans under the age of 14 will receive an American Family Insurance mini bat. Also, the first 1,000 fans 21 and older will receive the third in a series of five commemorative Budweiser pint glasses. Single-game and group tickets for the game are still on sale! Order yours now by logging on to www.mallardsbaseball.com or calling the Mallards ticket office at 608.246.4277.