Case 2

Roberto Clemente

Pittsburgh Pirate Right Fielder for 19 years

Roberto Clemente  (1934 - 1972)

 

Clemente won Most Valuable Player once, was an All-Star twelve times, won the batting title four times, and won a Gold Glove twelve times. Clemente spent much of his time during the off-season involved in charity work.  

 

He passed away during a flight on a charity mission to Puerto Rico on New Years Eve.  Major League Baseball presents the Roberto Clemente Award every year to a player with outstanding baseball playing skills who is personally involved in community work.


He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1973, becoming the first Latin American and Caribbean player to be enshrined. He was elected to the Hall of Fame without having to wait for the usual 5 years post-career.