Roberto Enrique Clemente Walker August 18, 1934 – December 31, 1972) was a Puerto Rican proficient baseball right defender who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was enlisted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973, turning into the primary Latin American and Caribbean player to be cherished. His unfavorable passing settled the point of reference that, as an option in contrast to the five-year retirement period, a player who has been expired for no less than a half year is qualified for section into the Hall of Fame.
Clemente was an All-Star for twelve seasons, playing in fifteen All-Star Games. He was the NL Most Valuable Player in 1966, the NL batting pioneer in 1961, 1964, 1965, and 1967, and a Gold Glove Award champ for twelve continuous seasons from 1961 through 1972. His batting normal was more than .300 for thirteen seasons and he had 3,000 hits amid his real association vocation. He likewise played in two World Series titles. Clemente is the main Latin American and Caribbean player to help win a World Series as a starter (1960), to get a NL MVP Award (1966), and to get a World Series MVP Award (1971).
Clemente was associated with philanthropy work in Latin American and Caribbean nations amid the off-seasons, regularly conveying baseball hardware and nourishment to those in need. On December 31, 1972, he kicked the bucket in a plane accident while in transit to convey help to seismic tremor unfortunate casualties in Nicaragua. He was 38 years of age.
Clemente was conceived in Barrio San Antón, Carolina, Puerto Rico, to Melchor Clemente and Luisa Walker. He was the most youthful of seven children. Amid his adolescence, his dad filled in as foreman of sugar crops situated in the region. Since the family’s assets were restricted, Clemente worked close by his dad in the fields, stacking and emptying trucks. Clemente was an olympic style events star and Olympic confident before choosing to direct his full concentration toward baseball.
Clemente demonstrated enthusiasm for baseball from the get-go throughout everyday life and frequently played against neighboring barrios. He went to Julio Vizcarrondo Coronado High School in Carolina. Amid his first year in secondary school, he was enlisted by Roberto Marín to play softball with the Sello Rojo group after Marín saw Clemente playing baseball in barrio San Antón. He was with the group two years as shortstop. Clemente joined Puerto Rico’s beginner group when he was 16 years of age, playing for the Ferdinand Juncos group, which spoke to the district of Juncos.
Clemente was hitched on November 14, 1964 to Vera Zabala at San Fernando Church in Carolina. The couple had three youngsters:
Philanthropy work and passing
1972 Puerto Rico DC-7 crash
Clemente invested a lot of his energy amid the off-season engaged with philanthropy work. Whenever Managua, the capital city of Nicaragua, was influenced by a huge tremor on December 23, 1972, Clemente (who visited Managua three weeks previously the shake) quickly set to work orchestrating crisis help flights. He before long realized, be that as it may, that the guide bundles on the initial three flights had been redirected by degenerate authorities of the Somoza government, never achieving casualties of the tremor.
He chose to go with the fourth help flight, trusting that his quality would guarantee that the guide would be conveyed to the survivors. The plane he sanctioned for a New Year’s Eve flight, a Douglas DC-7 payload plane, had a past filled with mechanical issues and a deficient number of flight work force (missing both a flight specialist and copilot), and was over-burden by 4,200 pounds. It collided with the Atlantic Ocean off the shore of Isla Verde, Puerto Rico promptly after departure on December 31, 1972 because of motor disappointment.
A couple of days after the accident, the body of the pilot and part of the fuselage of the plane were found. An unfilled flight case clearly having a place with Clemente was the main individual thing recuperated from the plane. Clemente’s partner and dear companion Manny Sanguillén was the main individual from the Pirates not to go to Roberto’s remembrance benefit. The Pirates catcher picked rather to plunge into the waters where Clemente’s plane had smashed with an end goal to discover his colleague. The assortments of Clemente and three other people who were additionally on the four-motor plane were never recouped.
Montreal Expos pitcher Tom Walker, at that point playing winter alliance ball in Puerto Rico (in an association later named after Clemente), helped Clemente stack the plane. Either in light of the plane’s weight stack or on the grounds that Clemente needed Walker, who was single, to go appreciate New Year’s, Clemente let him know not to go along with him on the flight. Walker’s child is present New York Yankees infielder and previous Met and Pirate Neil Walker.
In a meeting for the ESPN narrative arrangement SportsCentury in 2002, Clemente’s dowager Vera specified that Clemente had revealed to her few times that he thought he would kick the bucket youthful. In reality, while being asked by telecaster and future individual Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn in July 1971 amid the All-Star Game exercises about when he would get his 3,000 profession hit, Clemente’s reaction was “Well, uh, you never know. I, I, uh, in case I’m alive, similar to I said previously, you never know since God reveals to you to what extent you will be here. So no one can tell what can happen tomorrow.” Clemente’s more seasoned stepbrother, Luis, kicked the bucket on December 31, 1954 and his stepsister a couple of years after the fact.
At the season of his passing, Clemente had set up a few records with the Pirates, incorporating most triples in an amusement (three) and hits in two continuous recreations (ten). He won 12 Gold Glove Awards and offers the record of most won among outfielders with Willie Mays. On July 25, 1956, in a 9– 8 Pittsburgh win against the Chicago Cubs, Clemente hit the main stroll off inside-the-recreation center fabulous hammer in expert baseball history.
Corridor of Fame
On March 20, 1973, the Baseball Writers’ Association of America held an uncommon race for the Baseball Hall of Fame. They casted a ballot to forgo the sitting tight period for Clemente, because of the conditions of his demise, and after death chose him for enlistment into the Hall of Fame, giving him 393 out of 420 accessible votes, for 92.7% of the vote.
Clemente’s Hall of Fame plaque initially had his name as “Roberto Walker Clemente” rather than the best possible Spanish organization “Roberto Clemente Walker”; the plaque was recast in 2000 to remedy the mistake.