ATHENS — The Bulldog Nation has lost another two-sport star.
Jack Roberts, who played both football and basketball at Georgia in the early 1950s, passed away this past Thursday in Fayetteville. He was 86.
Roberts was best known as the pitcher who led the Bulldogs to an SEC title in 1953. He died just three days before another two-sport star of his era, Zippy Morocco.
Below is UGA’s news release on Roberts:
Former Bulldog two-sport standout James Thomas “Jack” Roberts passed away Thursday, April 21.
Roberts, a native of Gainesville, played football and was an All-Southeastern Conference pitcher at the University of Georgia. His finest season on the diamond came in 1953 when he led the team to an SEC title, going 8-2 with a school record 87 strikeouts. His strikeout mark, achieved in just 12 appearances, held for 32 years. Following his graduation, he was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals and reached their AAA club, Rochester. Also, he played for the Atlanta Crackers. His professional baseball career was interrupted by a period of military service with the United States Air Force from 1956-58.
In 1958, Roberts was inducted in to the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame for football, baseball, basketball and track. Together with his wife Mary Ann, he owned and operated Little Ones Day Care for many years. He had his jersey retired in 2008 at Gainesville High School. Roberts, 86, was an outstanding athlete, coach, teacher and friend.
A memorial service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Fayetteville First United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations are made to Fayetteville First United Methodist Church.