On this day Roberto Clemente is born in Carolina, Puerto Rico.
On this day Roberto Clemente signed with the Santurce Cangrejeros of the Puerto Rican Winter League. His contract valued at $5,000
in 1953 Roberto signs to his first american team. The brooklyn dodgers signed him as a minor leaguer.
The minor league draft lands Clemente on the Pittsburg Pirates. This is where Robertos career would take off.
Major League Debut
Clemente made his Major League debut on this day. He played in Pittsburg and had to deal with much racial tension.
During 1960 Roberto Clemente helped lead his team to the World Series. The Pirates ended up winning. Despite Robertos great play he finished 8th in the NL MVP voting. He was not too happy with the results.
In 1961 Clemente won his first Gold Glove and batting title. He would go on to win 12 consecutive gold gloves.
On November 14, 1964 Roberto Clemente married Vera Zabala in San Juan Puerto Rico. They went on to have 3 children together,
During the 1966 season Clemente finally wins his first MVP. In what his one of his best seasons he got the award he sought after.
World Series MVP
in 1971 the Pirates won the World Series again, this time Clemente was named the World Series Most Valuable Player.
During the 1972 season Roberto finished off the month of september by getting his 3000th hit. He was the first Latin American player to do so.
When Managua was effected by a massive earthquake Clemente wanted to help out. To do so he rode over in a plane that was carrying relief supplies, The plane crashed on December 31st, Clemente did not survive.
One year after his death Roberto Clemente is inducted into the Hall Of Fame. He is the first Latin American to do so. His life will be remembered forever.