Clemente, Roberto

Roberto Clemente Walker
Born: August 18, 1934, Carolina, Puerto Rico
Died: December 31, 1972, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Played For: 
Pittsburgh Pirates (1955-1972)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1973

Roberto Clemente Walker's pride and humanitarianism won him universal admiration. Despite an unorthodox batting style, the Pirates great won four batting crowns and amassed 3,000 hits. He was equally brilliant in right field, where he displayed a precise and powerful arm. Clemente earned National League MVP honors in 1966, but achieved his greatest fame in the 1971 World Series, in which he batted .414. Tragically, Clemente's life ended at age 38 -- the victim of a plane crash while flying relief supplies to Nicaraguan earthquake victims.

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Did You Know: 
that Roberto Clemente earned 12 consecutive Gold Glove Awards for his excellence in right field?
Some right fielders have rifles for arms, but he had a howitzer.
Tim McCarver