"There is nothing wrong with our homes, our country, that a little more care, a little more concern, a little more love, won't cure."
— Roberto Clemente
Roberto Clemente was the first Latin American superstar in Major League Baseball. He was a legend in life and death, a baseball star, and a symbol of Latin American pride.
The first Puerto Rican to achieve baseball stardom, Clemente worked hard at the game. In his 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, "The Great One" proved to be an all-around outstanding player, winning four National League batting titles and leading National League outfielders in assists in four seasons. He was awarded 12 Gold Gloves and was selected as the 1966 National League MVP and the 1971 World Series MVP. Clemente was the 11th Major League player to record 3,000 hits.
Clemente's accomplishments raised him to stardom, yet he never forgot his heritage and the prejudice he had faced. He fought for the recognition of his fellow Latino ballplayers, helped people in need across the United States and Central America, and held free baseball clinics for children in his homeland. While delivering supplies for victims of a Nicaraguan earthquake, Clemente died when his plane crashed off the coast of Puerto Rico. After his death, Roberto Clemente was both mourned and celebrated in Puerto Rico and the United States.
Name: Roberto Clemente Walker
Born: Carolina, Puerto Rico, 1934–1972