Tribute to Roberto Clemente on his 80th birthday

download (2)Roberto Clemente is a Hall of Famer but he was an even better person off the field than on.

Born in Puerto Rico in 1934, Clemente was one of the first Latin-American players in the league. Signed in 1954 by the Brooklyn Dodgers he was drafted in the under the Rule 5 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates later that year.

Clemente spent his entire 18-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates and led them to World Series victory in 1960 and again in 1971 where he was named the series MVP.

He was one of the greatest of the greats. He could field winning 12 straight Gold Gloves from 1961-1972. He could hit. In the final game of his career Clemente collected his 3,000th career hit. He was named MVP of the National League in 1966.

Off the field Clemente was a humanitarian. He collected food, baseball equipment or whatever was needed and personally delivered most of the supplies himself to other, usually suffering, countries.

To learn more about the life and career of the great Roberto Clemente use the link below:

Happy 80th Birthday Roberto Clemente, You’ll never be forgotten

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