Edward Jack Roebuck (born July 3, 1931 in East Millsboro, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, USA) is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. He pitched in 11 seasons (1955–58; 1960–66) with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Senators and Philadelphia Phillies. A right-hander, he appeared in the World Series with the Dodgers in 1955 and 1956.
Roebuck had a very high winning percentage as a pitcher, compiling a mark of 52 wins and 31 defeats (.615) during his career, with seasons of 8-2 (1957), 8-3 (1960) and 10-2 (1962) for the Dodgers. In 1962, he was the Dodgers' most successful bullpen ace, helping them to a first-place tie with their archrival, the San Francisco Giants, after the full slate of 162 games. But Los Angeles dropped the league playoffs, two games to one. Roebuck was also known as one of the game's finest fungo hitters, who endeavored to hit fungo home runs from home plate in every MLB stadium.
After his playing career ended, Roebuck was a scout for a number of teams, including the Dodgers, Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox. He retired in 2004.
- ^ Baseball Digest, June 1962
By Dean Hanley
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