Roger is one of the most idolized people in the pinball community. He is most famous for his work legitimizing pinball by demonstrating that it is a game of skill.
In 1976, Sharpe stood before the New York City Council, with all the pressure in the world on his shoulders. He explained that if he pulled the plunger back just the right amount, the ball would go in a certain lane. He pulled back the plunger, and the ball went right into the lane he had pointed out previously. The head of the council announced that he had seen enough, and pinball was soon legal. The decision spread throughout the country, and pinball was soon legal everywhere.
More recently, Sharpe has done licensing work for many of the major pinball companies.
Roger Sharpe is the #277 pinball player in the world, according to the May edition of the World Pinball Player Rankings, although he was considered the best in the '80s. His sons, Zach Sharpe and Josh Sharpe are #5 and #19 in the world, respectively.