Roberto Clemente's legacy as one of baseball's greatest players is matched only by the memory of the selfless sacrifice he made trying to help others in need.

The son of a sugar cane worker in Puerto Rico, Clemente showed athletic promise at an early age, joining the Puerto Rican amateur league in 1952 at the age of 16 and signing a minor league contract with a Brooklyn Dodgers affiliate two years later.

Later that year, the Pittsburgh Pirates made Clemente its first selection of the rookie draft.

As a Pirate, Clemente would go on to win 12 Gold Gloves (tied for most among outfielders), four National League batting titles, two World Series rings, and the World Series MVP for 1971.

He had a batting average of over .300 for 13 seasons and is credited with professional baseball's only inside the park, walk-off grand slam.

He recorded his 3,000th and last hit during the final regular season at-bat of his career in 1972.

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