Roberto Clemente First Latino Elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Roberto Clemente, who had an outstanding 18-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955 to 1972, became the first Latino player voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. Clemente died tragically in a December 1972 plane crash. The plane was carrying aid to the victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua.
Read: David Maraniss, Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero (2006)
See Clemente’s stats:
Learn more: Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States (2014)
And learn more about the history of Latinos in Major League Baseball: http://www.umich.edu/~ac213/student_projects06/witaw/