Roberto Clemente, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Roberto Clemente

Puerto Rican baseball player

Date of Birth: 18-Aug-1934

Place of Birth: Carolina, Puerto Rico, United States

Date of Death: 31-Dec-1972

Profession: baseball player

Zodiac Sign: Leo

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About Roberto Clemente

  • Roberto Enrique Clemente Walker (Spanish pronunciation: [ro'ße?to en'rike kle'mente (g)wal'ke?]; August 18, 1934 – December 31, 1972) was a Puerto Rican professional baseball right fielder who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973, becoming both the first Latin American and Caribbean player to be enshrined.
  • His untimely death established the precedent that, as an alternative to the five-year retirement period, a player who has been deceased for at least six months is eligible for entry into the Hall of Fame. Clemente was an All-Star for 12 seasons, playing in 15 All-Star Games.
  • He was the National League (NL) Most Valuable Player in 1966, the NL batting leader in 1961, 1964, 1965, and 1967, and a Gold Glove Award winner for 12 consecutive seasons from 1961 through 1972.
  • His batting average was over .300 for 13 seasons and he had 3,000 hits during his major league career.
  • He also played in two World Series championships.
  • Clemente is the first Latin American and Caribbean player to help win a World Series as a starting position player (1960), to receive an NL MVP Award (1966), and to receive a World Series MVP Award (1971). Clemente was involved in charity work in Latin American and Caribbean countries during the off-seasons, often delivering baseball equipment and food to those in need.
  • On December 31, 1972, he died in a plane crash while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
  • He was 38 years old.
  • The following season, the Pirates retired his uniform number 21, and MLB renamed its annual Commissioner's Award in his honor; now known as the Roberto Clemente Award, it is given to the player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team".

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