In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States, Google is honoring the life and career of Pittsburgh Pirate and humanitarian Roberto Clemente.
Clemente was born the son of a sugar cane worker on August 18, 1934, in Carolina, Puerto Rico.
Today we celebrate Puerto Rican, Hall of Fame baseball star Roberto Clemente, whose record-breaking on-the-field performance matched his groundbreaking off-the-field humanitarian efforts. 🇵🇷⚾️ #HispanicHeritageMonth #Boricua #GoogleDoodle → https://t.co/biMxcb7w08 pic.twitter.com/Mj30ERMhoe— Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) October 12, 2018
As a teenager, he joined the Puerto Rican amateur league in 1952, and a few years later, made his major league debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
As a Pirate, Clemente won multiple Golden Glove awards, 4 National League batting titles, 2 World Series rings, and was named the 1971 World Series MVP award.
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Clemente was also known for his humanitarian efforts off the field. He held baseball clinics for kids, made generous donations, and delivered food and supplies to those in need.
It was on a mission trip in December 1972 to earthquake-stricken Nicaragua, where Clemente tried to deliver aid. His plane was overloaded and crashed shortly after takeoff. Clemente was killed in the crash. He was 38.
A few months later in 1973, Clemente became the first Latin American and Caribbean player to be inducted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Roberto Clemente Foundation helps carry on the legacy of the late Pirate great. For information about its programs and how you can help, CLICK HERE.
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