Roberto Clemente

  • Birth

    Roberto Clemente Walker is born in Carolina, Puerto Rico.
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    Roberto Clemente Walker

  • Crabbers

    Clemente signs with the Santurce Crabbers of the Puerto Rican winter league for $5,000.
  • Dodgers

    The Brooklyn Dodgers sign Clemente for $10,000.
  • Signed by Pirates

    Signed by Pirates
    After a year in Montreal, the Pirates choose Clemente in the first round of the minor league draft.
  • Majors

    Clemente makes his major league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • World Series Champs

    World Series Champs
    The Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series.
  • Gold Glove 1/12

    Gold Glove 1/12
    Clemente wins the first of 12 consecutive Gold Gloves for his defensive play in right field. Clemente also leads the National League in batting, finishing the season with a .351 average.
  • NL Batting Title

    NL Batting Title
    Clemente wins a second NL batting title with a .339 average
  • Wedding Bells

    Clemente marries Vera Cristina Zabala in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
  • Threepeat

    Clemente wins his third NL batting title with a .329 average.
  • MVP

    Clemente wins the National League Most Valuable Player award. He hits .317 with 29 home runs and 119 runs batted in.
  • 4th

    Clemente wins his fourth (and final) NL batting title with a .357 average.
  • Triples leader

    Triples leader
    Clemente Leads the League in triples
  • World Series #2

    World Series #2
    The Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series against heavy favorites, the Baltimore Orioles. Clemente is named the World Series Most Valuable Player.
  • 3,000

    Clemente doubles against the New York Mets in his last game of the season, marking career hit 3,000. He is the first Latin player and just the 11th in baseball history (at that time) to reach the milestone. He dedicates the hit to "the Pittsburgh fans and to the people in Puerto Rico."
  • Quake

    A earthquake hits Managua, Nicaragua. Clemente decides to gather relief supplies and help deliver them to quake survivors.
  • The End

    The End
    The plane Clemente charters for his humanitarian mission crashes into the ocean shortly after takeoff, killing the baseball star and four crew members.
  • Special Election

    Special Election
    The Baseball Hall of Fame unanimously waives the customary five-year period for induction, allowing the Baseball Writers Association of America to hold a special election on Clemente's behalf.
  • Retired

    Clemente's number is retired by the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • First Latin-American Hall of Famer

    First Latin-American Hall of Famer
    Clemente is inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame. He was the first Latin-born player to ever be inducted