1973 March 20

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/

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