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Question of the Week
Q: Watching Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish nearly throw a perfect game last week, it reminded me of 1988. Not Tom Browning, but Ron Robinson, who came within one strike of a perfect game, and now nobody remembers him, right? — SCOTT, DAYTON
A: Who could ever forget the True Creature, a name Pete Rose hung on him. Somebody even had t-shirts made of Robinson with his picture and “True Creature” emblazoned on it. Robby threw so many breaking balls that now he can’t straighten his right arm and walks around with it bent like a tea kettle handle. Robby had a perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning and a 2-and-2 count against Montreal’s Wallace Johnson. He rolled off a bad curveball and Johnson drilled it to left for a single. Robinson didn’t even finish the game, needed bullpen help for the Reds to win, 3-2.