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This collection contains four scrapbooks and other material related to John Henry "Rube Robinson" Roberson's baseball career, and two scrapbooks related to Dorothy (Mrs. John Henry) Roberson's career with the Parent Teacher Association and her work as an assistant probation officer.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Henry Roberson was known to baseball fans as "Rube Robinson." Roberson was born August 16, 1889 in Floyd, White County, Arkansas. He was labeled "Rube Robinson" by the press. According to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame, "His baseball career as a pitcher covered 22 years. He signed his first professional contract in 1908 and reached the major leagues with Pittsburgh in 1911. He won 40 games for the Pirates and Cardinals in 1912-15. He joined the New York Yankees for one year and later pitched for Little Rock in 1916-17 and 1919-27, winning 26 games in 1920 and 1922. He spent part of 1923 on loan to New Orleans and was with the Arkansas Travelers part of 1928. He retired after the 1929 season with Atlanta. He had a career record of 304-222." Roberson married Dorothy Lee Latture on December 28, 1912. She worked for the School Instruction Association which later became the Parent Teacher Association. Dorothy and John Henry had one son Fred O. Roberson. Fred and his wife Marie had two children, Gloria and Fred O., Jr. After baseball J.H. Roberson worked for Pulaski County and the Arkansas State Highway Department, retiring in 1959. Roberson often tutored children from the Riverside Community House on playing baseball, and in 1962 he was inducted into the Arkansas Hall of Fame. J.H. Roberson died in July 1965, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Pulaski County (Ark.)





Resource Type



John Henry Roberson family papers, MS.000341


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

John Henry Roberson family papers, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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