This day in baseball: RIP Clemente

On December 31, 1972, a cargo plane crashed en route to Nicaragua.  The plane had been carrying much-needed supplies to the survivors of an earthquake.  Pirates outfielder Roberto Clemente died in the crash at the age of 38.  The following year, Clemente was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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3 Comments on “This day in baseball: RIP Clemente”

  1. barrypiatoff says:

    Reblogged this on The Second Time Around and commented:
    One of the greatest

  2. […] community, and he gave back to society as much as he could.  On New Years Eve of 1971, however, Clemente’s plane crashed in an effort to bring relief supplies to Nicaragua following an […]

  3. […] into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, but he is also remembered as a selfless humanitarian. When Clemente passed away on December 31, 1972, he was aboard a cargo plane that crashed on its way to Nicaragua. The plane had been carrying […]


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