Roberto clemente Mexican baseball player. By: Brittany Guerriero. Roberto Clemente. August 18, 1934: Roberto Clemente y Walker is born in Carolina, Puerto Rico. Walker is his mother's last name. His Hall of Fame plaque will read Roberto Clemente Walker. Roberto Clemente. October.
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By: Brittany Guerriero
October 9, 1952: Clemente signs with the Santurce Crabbers of the Puerto Rican winter league for $5,000.
1953: The Brooklyn Dodgers, who broke baseball's color barrier with Jackie Robinson, sign Clemente for $10,000.
November 22, 1954: After a year with the Dodgers' minor-league affiliate in Montreal, where Robinson also played, the Pittsburgh Pirates choose Clemente in the first round of the minor league draft.
April 17, 1955: Clemente makes his major league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
1960: The Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series. Clemente feels slighted after finishing 8th in the National League Most Valuable Player voting.
1966: In what is widely considered his best season, Clemente wins the National League Most Valuable Player award. He hits .317 with 29 home runs and 119 runs batted in.
December 23, 1972: A devastating earthquake hits Managua, Nicaragua. Clemente decides to gather relief supplies and help deliver them to quake survivors.
December 31, 1972: The plane Clemente charters for his humanitarian mission crashes into the ocean shortly after takeoff, killing the baseball star and four crew members.