Roberto Clemente is still in our memory.
Legend Roberto Clemente, who is being featured for Hispanic Heritage Month was a Puerto Professional Baseball right Fielder. In Major League Baseball, he played almost 18 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Clemente, who was born in Puerto Rico, is remembered both as a Hall of Fame baseball player and a humanitarian.
He was the first Latin American player to be enshrined in baseball’s Hall of Fame, and he died when he was 38 in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve in 1972. Clemente was on his way to deliver relief packages in Nicaragua after an earthquake that killed thousands of people.
Roberto Clemente as a Star
Clemente was a 15-time All-Star, a 12-time Gold Glove winner, a two-time World Series winner and the World Series MVP in 1971. He also won MVP in 1966. He finished his career with exactly 3,000 hits and a ridiculous line of .317/.359/.475. After Clemente’s death, the Hall of Fame waived its five-year waiting period for players in March 1973 and inducted Clemente. The Pirates retired Clemente’s No. 21 in 1973.
Clemente’s 12 Gold Gloves are tied for the most by an outfielder with Willie Mays, and according to CNET, he has the only credited walk-off inside-the-park grand slam in MLB history. Clemente played at least 100 games in every season of his 18-year MLB career. Though Clemente wasn’t the first native of Puerto Rico to play in the majors (Hiram Bithorn played in 1942, 13 years before Clemente began his career), he was arguably the most influential.
It’s easy to see why his likeness is being used for Hispanic Heritage Month.