Roberto Clemente, Humanitarian and Star Athlete

On March 20, 1973, Major League Baseball star Roberto Clemente was posthumously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Clemente, a Puerto Rican, played for the Pittsburgh Pirates for his entire 18-year baseball career (1955–72). He won the National League’s Most Valuable Player Award in 1966, and was selected to participate in the league’s All Star Game on 15 occasions. He also won 12 Gold Glove Awards and led the league in batting average in four different seasons.  He was well known for his humanitarian work in Puerto Rico and Latin American countries.  He was killed in 1972 in an airplane accident on his way to Nicaragua to assist earthquake victims.

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