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Roberto Clemente. By Evan Jurkovic. Early Life. Was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico The youngest of seven siblings Had to work to earn money by delivering milk Took interest in baseball early on and often played

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roberto clemente

Roberto Clemente

By Evan Jurkovic

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Was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico

  • The youngest of seven siblings
  • Had to work to earn money by delivering milk
  • Took interest in baseball early on and often played
  • Was recruited by Roberto Marin to play with the SelloRoom team, a Puerto Rican team
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Offered a contract with the Santurce Crabbers

  • Was on starting lineup his second season
  • Moved to Montreal to play for The Montreal Royals
  • During playing for The Royals a scout for the Pirates saw him on the bench and discussed drafting him
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Started with the Pirates, April 17, 1955

  • Did not have the best experience at first because of his race
  • Was in a car accident that injured his lower back, this caused him to miss several games
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Was against the New York Yankees

  • The series went into 7 games
  • Roberto batted a .314
  • The Pirates won the world series
  • He felt he carried the team
  • Dick Groat won MVP
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Clemente served for the Marines

  • The training made him stronger and fixed his back problems
  • He led the league in RBI’s and batting average
  • In August he was inactive for 5 games due to a chin injury and had persistence pain in his back and arm
  • In 1961, he got his 1,000 hit
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Met his future wife in a drugstore

  • Wife: Vera Zabala
  • Had 3 children, all boys:

Enrique, Roberto,Jr., Luis

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December 1972, a major earthquake hits Nicaragua

  • Roberto attempts to aid the survivors
  • Hired an old prop driven airplane for transportation of supplies
  • December 31, 1972 the airplane crashed into the sea, his body was never recovered
  • “Roberto died serving his fellow man. Our youth lose an idol. Our people lose one of they’re glories.”- Rafael Hernandez Colon, Governor of Puerto Rico
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12× All-Star selection (1960,1961,1962,1963,1964,1965,1966, 1967, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972)

  • 2× World Series champion (1960, 1971)
  • 12× Gold Gloves Award winner (1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972)
  • 1966 National League MVP
  • 1971 World Series MVP
  • 1971 Babe Ruth Award
  • Pittsburgh Pirates #21retired