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Roberto Clemente

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Vital Statistics:

Born: Aug. 18, 1934 in Carolina, Puerto Rico

Died: Dec. 31, 1972

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates (1955-1972)

Inducted into Hall of Fame: 1973

Batted: Right

Threw: Right

Primary position: Right field

Career Highlights:

  • Won four National League batting titles and amassed exactly 3,000 hits for the Pirates.
  • A prototype right fielder, he won 12 Gold Gloves and set a record by leading the NL in outfield assists five times.
  • Didn't bat lower than .312 for eight consecutive seasons from 1960-67, including a .351 average in 1967.
  • Won championships with the 1960 and 1971 Pirates.
  • A 12-time All-Star, he hit 240 career home runs.
  • NL MVP in 1966.
  • Died at age 38 during the 1972 offseason when his plane crashed delivering relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. He was elected into the Hall the next year, as writers waived the typical five-year waiting period.
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