|Sport (s):||Baseball, Men's Basketball|
Frederick O. Roberts ’62 was well-known for the rare distinction of being a left-handed throwing catcher, but opponents likely remembered his defensive skills behind the plate even more. Roberts earned three varsity letters in baseball and two in basketball.
On the diamond, he earned first team all-Indiana Collegiate Conference honors as a junior and was a second team choice as a senior. Roberts helped lead the Tigers to NCAA regional appearances in both 1960 and 1961 and was invited to the Chicago White Sox spring training in 1961. In a game against Indiana State, he picked off three runners in one inning and twice threw out a runner from Southwestern (Tenn.) who stole 32 consecutive bases.
Roberts led the Tigers in home runs as a junior and shared the team lead as a senior, while also committing just two errors in 148 total chances in his final season. Roberts served as the Tigers’ co-captain as a senior and was second on the team with a .302 batting average after hitting .314 in conference games during his junior season. He also had the opportunity to play with his older brother, Dick ‘61, who was a standout shortstop for the Tigers’ and one of the team’s leading hitters. Roberts lettered as a junior and senior in basketball and was considered the best defensive player and playmaker on the team.
After earning a B.A. in mathematics, Roberts served as a lieutenant in the Navy Supply Corp. He then held executive operating management positions with Cummins Engine Company, PepsiCo and Waste Management. Roberts retired in 1990 and became an independent investor and, shortly thereafter, began his current 21-year career as a financial advisor. Roberts currently is a partner with two other financial advisors with Morgan Stanley and manages over $500 million in assets for individual investors.
Roberts and his wife, Bonnie, reside in Naperville, Ill., and are the parents of four children and have five grandchildren.