- Died trying to help earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
- After his death, The Baseball's Writer Association of America immediately waived the customary five-year wait and voted Roberto Clemente into the Hall of Fame, with 93% of the vote; one of the highest percentages of all time
- 1st Latino elected to the Hall of Fame
- 1 of 4 players to have 10+ Gold Gloves. He has 12, and was awarded one every year possible.
- The main Trail-Blazer for Latin Americans to play baseball in the USA
- Hit safely in every World Series game he appeared in
- Did not play winter ball in '58-'59 because he was serving in the United States Marines
- In his home country of Puerto Rico, no amateur baseball players are permitted to wear #21
- 1st Hispanic to ever wear win a World Series as a starter, win the regular season MVP, or World Series MVP
- To this day he is a Hero to the Latin America community
- Puerto Rico named their official athletic coliseum in his name
- Roberto Clemente High School in Chicago, IL
- Hit .300 13 Times, including over .350 3 Separate Times
- 4-Time National League Batting Champion
- 1st Latino to win a batting title
- Sporting News ranked him #20 on their list of top 100 baseball players. The highest ranked Latino player
- Only player in history with a walk-off inside the park grand slam
- Pittsburgh has honored him with a bridge, park, museum, charter school, and statue all in his name
- Was the most dominate player throughout the 1960's
- The "Roberto Clemente Award" is the highest award in baseball for sportsmanship and community activism
- September 18th is known in baseball as "Roberto Clemente Day"
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
21 Reasons the MLB Should Retire Roberto Clemente's Number
As baseball today honors Jackie Robinson and his #42 across the league, we take a look at an idea that we feel very strongly about and should be taken into serious consideration by Major League Baseball, the retirement of the #21 that was worn by The Legendary Roberto Clemente