Roberto Clemente

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Roberto Clemente

Right fielder
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 17, 1955 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1972 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
Batting average     .317
Hits     3,000
Home runs     240
Runs batted in     1,305
Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
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Induction     1973
Vote     92.7% (first ballot)

Roberto Clemente Walker was a Puerto Rican baseball player. He played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB). He played right field for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955 through 1972.

Clemente was the first Latin American elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He and Lou Gehrig are the only Hall of Fame members that did not have the five-year waiting period.

Clemente did a lot of charity work, especially in Latin American countries. Each year the MLB gives the Roberto Clemente Award. This award is for the player who best follows Clemente's example with charity work.[1]

In 1973, Clemente was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal and the first Presidential Citizens Medal. On August 17, 1984 the United States Postal Service issued a postage stamp honoring Clemente.[2] This was the day before what would have been his 50th birthday.

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