Roberto (Walker) Clemente
Elected to Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers in 1973, Player
393 votes on 424 ballots 92.69%
Hall of Fame plaque for Roberto Clemente
Born: August 18, 1934, in Carolina, Puerto Rico
Died: December 31, 1972, in San Juan, Puerto Rico
ML Debut: 4/17/1955
Primary Position: Right Fielder
Bats: R Throws: R Primary Uniform #: 21
Played For: Pittsburgh Pirates (1955-1972)
Primary Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Post-Season: 1960 World Series, 1970 NLCS, 1971 NLCS, 1971 World Series, 1972 NLCS
Awards: All-Star (15): 1960-67, 1969-72; National League MVP 1966; Gold Glove (12): 1961-1972; 1971 World Series MVP
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, when 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.
"Some right fielders have rifles for arms, but he had a howitzer."
Did You Know... that Roberto Clemente earned 12 consecutive Gold Glove Awards for his excellence in the outfield?
Hall of Fame Teammate: Willie Stargell
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