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Roberto Clemente was born August 18, 1934, in Carolina, Puerto Rico. He played right field for 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955 through 1972. Clemente was a National League Most Valuable Player once, All-Star 12 times, batting champion four times, and Gold Glove winner 12 times. 

Clemente was involved in charity work in Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries during the off-seasons, often delivering baseball equipment and food to those in need. He got his 3,000th major league hit on September 30, 1972, three months before his death in a plane crash on December 31, 1972, while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. 

Clemente was elected posthumously to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in 1973, becoming the first Latin American to be enshrined. He was also one of only two Hall of Fame members for whom the mandatory five-year waiting period had been waived, the other being Lou Gehrig in 1939. Clemente is the first Hispanic player to win a World Series as a starter (1960), to receive an MVP Award (1966), and to receive a World Series MVP Award (1971). 

In August 1998, Allegheny County renamed the Sixth Street Bridge, which connects Downtown Pittsburgh with the North Shore at PNC Park, as the Roberto Clemente Bridge in his honor. 

Roberto Clemente portrait is a public domain image from wpclipart.com. 

Home plate graphic by Ghetto9678 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons.

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