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This Week On “Being Latino”: Remembering Roberto Clemente

Being Latino, the largest Latino community on Facebook, is a communication platform designed to educate and connect all peoples across the global Latino spectrum. They also have a fascinating online magazine. Every week, we’ll be featuring a story we feel you should read.

39 years ago, Puerto Rico’s Roberto Clemente became the 11th baseball player– and the first Latino– to reach 3,000 hits in his career. To this day, this feat has been accomplished by a grand total of 28 individuals (including Clemente himself).

In addition to being one of the best peloteros of all time (he helped the Pittsburgh Pirates win the World Series in 1960 and 1971), Clemente was also a humanitarian, using his wealth and fame to help out the less fortunate. Mere days after reaching the 3,000 hit mark, Clemente died after his plane crashed on its way to bring aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Today’s weekly selection from Being Latino pays tribute to the legacy of Roberto Clemente.

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