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Remembering Roberto Clemente, who would've been 80 years old today

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Before Juan Marichal. Before Vladimir Guerrero. Before Mariano Rivera, there was Roberto Clemente.

Drafted in 1954 by the Pirates, the five-tool right fielder became one of MLB's first Latin American superstars. He could field:

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He could hit for power (in the World Series, no less):

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He could run:

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And he could throw:

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At the end of his storied 18-year career, Clemente had compiled a .317/.359/.475 slash line, 3,000 hits, 12 All-Star selections, 12 Gold Gloves, an MVP Award and two World Series titles. But as great as he was on the field, the Hall of Famer may have been even greater off it. Clemente donated baseball equipment, food and other supplies to numerous locales throughout his life -- including his homeland of Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, his career was cut short during an earthquake relief trip on December 31, 1972. His last game would end up being the one in which he recorded his 3,000th hit:

And today, we celebrate Roberto Clemente's birthday. He would've been 80 years old and baseball (and the world) is grateful to have had him.


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