Roberto ClementeBy: Zach Staszak
BornRoberto Clemente Walker was born August 18, 1934 in Carolina, Puerto Rico.His parents were Melchor Clemente and Luisa Walker.
He was one of seven siblings.
Carolina, Puerto Rico
Early ChildhoodHe had a few jobs to help family with money.
He showed early interest in baseball,
Young AdultIn his first year of High School he was recruited to play for the Sello Rojo softball team.He played two years and played shortstop.
He quickly moved into the Puerto Rican Amateur league.
Roberto for Sello Rojo
Early Baseball CareerHis professional career began Pedrin Zorilla offered him a contract to play for the Santurce CrabbersHe hit .288 as a leadoff hitter.While playing for them the Dodgers offered him a contract with the Triple-a team.Then was drafted first selection by the Pirates on November, 1954.
He played for Dodgers and the Pirates.
Pittsburgh PiratesHis Debut was April 17, 1955.In the Beginning of his Pirate career the fans did not like him because he was not white.During the middle of the year he was in a car crash that took him out for several games.During winter he played for Santurce Crabbers
Playing for the Pirates
1960 and 1961Instead of playing for the Crabbers he went into the marines for he winter and gained huge strength and gained 10 pounds.He led the league in batting average and runs batted in.He was injured again when he ran into the outer wall of the field.They won the World Series in 1961He also married Vera Zebala.
Catching ball at the wall
Times with Pirates
Death in Plane CrashHe spent most of his time outside of baseball doing charity work.When Managua was hit with a massive earthquake he quickly set to work arranging emergency relief kits.He decided to accompany one of the planes to ensure the supplies get there.The planed had problems from the beginning and crashed into the ocean. His body was never found.
Career AchievementsWon 1960 and 1971 World SeriesWon MVP of World SeriesMajor League Latinos All Star TeamGold Glove AwardNational League MVPBabe Ruth award3000 hit clubPirates retired his numberHall of Fame class of 1973
Career StatisticsPlayed in 2433 games. Had 9454 total at-bats. 1416 runs scored. Over 3000 hits.440 double, 166 triples, 240 home runs, 1305 runs batted in, 83 stolen bases, 620 walks, 1230 strikeouts, batted .317, on base percentage of .359, and a slugging percentage of .475.