CHICAGO (CBS) — Roberto Clemente, the legendary Hall Of Famer who was killed in a plane crash in 1972, would have turned 80 years old today.
Clemente was involved in charity work in Puerto Rico and Latin American countries during the off seasons. He died on December 31, 1972, while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
The 6.2 magnitude earthquake caused widespread casualties among Managua’s residents: 6,000 were killed, 20,000 were injured and over 250,000 were left homeless
Clemente played 18 seasons for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1955 through 1972.
He was a National League Most Valuable Player once, All-Star twelve times, batting champion four times, and Gold Glove winner twelve times.
In 1972, Clemente got his 3,000th major league hit.
He had a career .317 batting average and also averaged 200 hits a season, while hitting 240 home runs in his career.
The also only committed 42 errors in those eighteen season, for an average of just over two errors per season.