Roberto Clemente Roberto Clemente
Personal Info Birth August 18, 1934, Carolina, Puerto Rico Death: December 31, 1972, Off the coast of Carolina, Puerto Rico Professional Career Debut April 17, 1955, Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Brooklyn Dodgers, Forbes Field Team(s) As Player Pittsburgh Pirates (1955 - 1972)
HOF induction: August 6, 1973 Career Highlights 12 Gold Glove Awards (1961 - 1972) 26th in career hits (3,000) 11th player to reach 3,000 hits 12 All-Star appearances One NL MVP Award (1966) Two World Series rings (1960 and 1971) One World Series MVP (1971) Led NL in batting 4 times Led NL in RBI once Led NL in hits 2 times Led NL in triples once Hit .300 or better 13 times Roberto Clemente Walker (August 18, 1934 - December 31, 1972) was a Major League Baseball right fielder and right-handed batter. He was elected to the Hall of Fame posthumously in 1973 as the first Hispanic American to be selected, and the only exception to the mandatory five-year post-retirement waiting period since it was instituted in 1954.
Clemente was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, the youngest of seven (some accounts say four) children. He played 18 seasons in the majors from 1955 to 1972, all with the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning the National League MVP Award in 1966. He was very helpful in his native land, and other latino countries, often bringing food, and baseball suplies to them. He died in a plane crash on December 31, 1972 while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.