19 Facts About Roberto Clemente

1. Roberto Clemente broke through the cultural barrier in the MLB and made Puerto Ricos baseball players respected.

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2. Roberto Clemente always helped the underprivileged as much as he could.

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3. Roberto Clemente faced discrimination and disrespect while playing in the MLB.

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4. Roberto Clemente spent much of his time during the off-season involved in charity work.

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5. Roberto Clemente was married on November 14, 1964 to Vera Zabala at San Fernando Church in Carolina.

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6. Roberto Clemente made the annual NL All-Star roster for the 12th time and won his 12th consecutive Gold Glove.

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7. Roberto Clemente was an All-Star every season he played in the 1960s other than 1968—the only year in his career after 1959 in which he failed to hit above.

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8. Roberto Clemente started again in right field for the second All-Star game held that season and was 0 for 2, flying and grounding out in the 2nd and 4th innings.

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9. Roberto Clemente was still fulfilling his Marine Corps Reserve duty during spring of 1959 and set to be released from Camp Lejeune until April 4.

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10. Roberto Clemente was at a double disadvantage, as he was a Latin American and Caribbean player who knew very little English, and was Black, being of African descent.

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11. Roberto Clemente responded to this by stating, "I don't believe in color.

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12. Roberto Clemente debuted with the Pirates on April 17, 1955, wearing uniform number 13, in the first game of a doubleheader against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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13. Roberto Clemente was a private first class in the Marine Corps Reserve until September 1964.

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14. Roberto Clemente joined Puerto Rico's amateur league when he was 16 years old, playing for the Ferdinand Juncos team, which represented the municipality of Juncos.

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15. Roberto Clemente was with the team two years as shortstop.

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16. Roberto Clemente was a track and field star and Olympic hopeful before deciding to turn his full attention to baseball.

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17. Roberto Clemente was involved in charity work in Latin American and Caribbean countries during the off-seasons, often delivering baseball equipment and food to those in need.

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18. Roberto Clemente was an All-Star for twelve seasons, playing in fifteen All-Star Games.

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19. Roberto Clemente was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973, becoming both the first Latin American and Caribbean player to be enshrined.

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