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Making the Majors - Roberto Clemente


Roberto Clemente was a leader to other Latin players and a hero in the Caribbean. In death, Clemente was elevated to iconic status, revered and emulated years after his passing.

"Roberto Clemente played the game of baseball with a great passion. That passion could only be matched by his unrelenting commitment to make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate." - Pirates Panamanian catcher Manny Sanguillén

Glowing report from 1952 about 18-year-old Roberto Clemente before an 18-year career earned his election as the first Latin American in the Hall of Fame in 1973

Ticket stub for the September 30, 1972 game at Three Rivers Stadium when Roberto Clemente used this bat for his 3,000th and final hit, becoming the first Caribbean-born player to reach that mark

Number 21 Pirates jersey, retired on opening day of Pittsburgh's 1973 season, making Roberto Clemente the first Latin American to receive such an honor