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this day in the yesteryear: Roberto Clemente Dies in Plane Crash (1972)


Roberto Clemente Dies in Plane Crash (1972)

Right fielder Roberto Clemente played 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, winning the National League MVP award in 1966, as well as 12 Gold Glove Awards throughout his career. In 1973, he became the first Latin-American player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Clemente, who was dedicated to charity work, was traveling to Nicaragua to deliver aid to earthquake victims when his plane crashed off the coast of Puerto Rico. Why did Clemente’s teammate and good friend miss his funeral? More… Discuss