One of the most complete all-around players in baseball history, Roberto Clemente won 12 Gold Glove Awards along with 4 batting championships. In his 18 seasons with the Pittsburg Pirates, the right fielder had 3,000 hits and maintains a .316 batting average. The Puerto Rican superstars� finest season was 1966, when he was recognized as the National League�s MVP and player of the year by The Sporting News. In his to World Series, he generated an incredible 12 hits with two homers. In the 1971 championship, he had a .414 batting average.
Perhaps more importantly, Roberto Clemente was a sincere humanitarian who made every effort to help those in need. It was during such a mission of charity, on New Year�s Eve 1972, that he died in a plane crash while attempting to deliver relief aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Clemente�s lifelong dream to create a sports complex in his native land was realized after his death. The Roberto Clemente Sports City stands as a monument to Puerto Rico�s greatest sports hero.
August 13th, 2014
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