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Roberto Clemente (Hall of Fame)

Roberto Clemente (Hall of Fame)

Clemente's greatness transcended beyond baseball parks. He was a great hitter, possessing a tremendous throwing arm from right field and a way to play the game that led him to be the team leader throughout his career (Pittsburgh Pirates).

 

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Alongside that, he was a model citizen wherever he went, him helping others represented his way of life, so much that he passed away in 1972 when trying to deliver supplies to victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua.
 
He posthumously received the Congressional Gold Medal, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Presidential Citizens Medal. In 1973 MLB established the award that bears his name to annually recognize the player with the greatest contribution to the community.
 
 
After his death, the Hall of Fame changed the selection rule for those players who died previously. In 1973, he was the first Latin player to be exalted to the Hall.
 

In Pittsburgh's ballpark, he has a statue in his honor and the Pirates retired the number 21 that was worn by him.

 

 Two-time World Series champion (1960, 1971) and 1971 Fall Classic MVP.

 Was the first Latin American player to win the MVP in the National League (1966) and a 4-time Batting Champion (NL)  

 15 All-Star Game selections 

 Received 12 consecutive Gold Gloves as a right fielder (1961-72)

 He reached 3,000 base-hits in his final career at-bat (Ranks #29)

 Finished career with a .317 Batting Average (top 60 all-time)

 One of only 4 players to win 10+ Gold Gloves and have a +.317 Batting Average

17 May 2015
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