Roberto Clemente was born in Barrio San Anton in Carolina, Puerto Rico, on August 18, 1934. He joined the Marine Corps on 12 September 1958, and as an infantryman he would serve on active duty at Camp Lejeune until 1959; he would remain in the reserves until September 1964.
From 1952 - 1953 he played amateur baseball with Juncos Double A Club and would eventually play with the Santurce Crabbers in the Puerto Rican Winter League. From Santurce he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers and was later assigned to play for their top affiliate, the Montreal Royals.
In 1954, the Pittsburgh Pirates chose Clemente as their number one draft pick. Joining the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1955, Clemente would go on to play his entire eighteen-year Major League Baseball career with them from 1955 to 1972. Clemente played in two World Series, batting a .310 in 1960, and a .414 in 1971. His baseball accomplishments include: 4 time National League Batting Champion, twelve Gold Gloves, National League MVP in 1966 and was chosen as the MVP in the 1971 World Series.
Aside from baseball, Clemente was heavily involved in charity events and humanitarian organizations, and while on a humanitarian mission, Clemente's career came to a tragic end. On December 31, 1972, he was taking medical, food, and clothing supplies to earthquake stricken Nicaragua, when the plane he was on crashed at sea.
Clemente is remembered as one of the greatest athletes and humanitarians of all time. One of Clemente's dreams, the Roberto Clemente Sports City, is part of the legacy he leaves behind. A twelve-foot statue of Clemente, greets visitors to Carolina, Puerto Rico as they enter into a 304-acre sports complex.