|Roberto Clemente Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 11 in|
|Date of Birth||August 18, 1934|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Roberto Clemente was a Puerto Rican professional baseball right fielder and social worker who is known for his stint with the Pittsburgh Pirates during which he played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB).
Roberto Enrique Clemente Walker
He was born on August 18, 1934.
At the age of 38, he died in a Douglas DC-7 cargo plane crash in Isla Verde, Carolina, Puerto Rico on December 31, 1972.
Barrio San Antón, Carolina, Puerto Rico
Roberto Clemente studied at Julio Vizcarrondo Coronado High School located in Carolina.
Professional Baseball Player, Social Worker
- Father – Melchor Clemente (Worked as foreman of sugar crops located in the municipality)
- Mother – Luisa Walker
- Siblings – Roberto Clemente had 6 older siblings.
5 ft 11 in or 180.5 cm
77 kg or 169.5 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Roberto Clemente had dated –
- Vera Zabala (1964-1972) – He married philanthropist, Vera Zabala, on November 14, 1964, at San Fernando Church in Carolina. The duo was blessed with 3 sons – Roberto Jr. (b. 1965), Luis Roberto (b. 1966), and Roberto Enrique (b. 1969).
Race / Ethnicity
Mixed (Black and Hispanic)
Roberto Clemente was of African-Puerto Rican descent.
- Deep-set eyes
Roberto Clemente Facts
- He got enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during the 1958-59 off-season and was inducted into the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
- In 1973, Roberto Clemente became the first Latin American and Caribbean player to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
- Major League Baseball has been presenting the Roberto Clemente Award every year since 1971 to athletes with outstanding baseball playing skills who are personally involved in community work.
- As his plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean, Clemente’s body was never recovered.
- Roberto Clemente was good friends with Manny Sanguillén, a Panamanian former professional baseball player, who did not attend his funeral and, instead, dove into the waters where Clemente’s plane had crashed in an effort to find his teammate.
- Roberto Clemente has been an inspiration behind several projects including Chasing 3000 (a movie), DC-7: The Roberto Clemente Story (a bilingual musical), Baseball’s Last Hero: 21 Clemente Stories (biographical sports film), Clemente: The Passion and grace of Baseball’s Last Hero (book by David Maraniss), and Roberto Clemente: A Video Tribute to One of Baseball’s Greatest Players and a True Humanitarian (documentary)
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