On Roberto Clemente Day, a player who excelled on and off the field is honored. R
Roberto Clemente, a philanthropist and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955 to 1972.
During that time, he won four batting titles, 12 Gold Gloves, two World Series, and the MVP award.
On New Year's Eve in 1972, Clemente, then 38 years old, perished in a plane crash shortly after takeoff while attempting to give relief to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
The customary five-year waiting period was waived for Clemente for the second time
making him the first player from Latin America to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame months after his passing.
Every year, Major League Baseball holds a day to honor Roberto Clemente.
Each season, Major League Baseball celebrates Clemente by holding a day in his honor and bestowing an award in his name.
But last season, MLB set September 15 as the official annual date of Roberto Clemente Day to coincide with the start of Hispanic Heritage Month in the United States.