Historical Timeline

August 18th, 1934

Roberto Clemente Walker is born in Barrio San Anton, Carolina, Puerto Rico to Melchor Clemente and Luisa Walker. He was the youngest of seven children. 


He joined Puerto Rico’s amateur league when he was 16 years old, playing for the Ferdinand Juncos. He later played winter ball for Santurce, San Juan, and Corillo de Caguas. 

October 9th, 1952

Clemente begins his professional baseball career when he signs with the Cangrejeros de Santurce, a winter league team and franchise of the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League (LBBPR). 

July 25th, 1954

The first home run of his North American baseball career was an extra inning walk-off in his first at bat as a defensive replacement. 

November 22nd, 1954

The Pirates select Roberto Clemente with the first pick of the Rookie Draft. 

April 1955

Clemente is signed to the Pittsburgh Pirates by Branch Rickey. He sent this photograph to his mother signing “To Mother With Love.” It was the first time he was photographed in the Pirates uniform at Forbes Field. 

April 17th, 1955

Clemente makes his MLB debut. 

July 25th, 1956

Hits the only documented inside- the-park walk-off grand slam in modern MLB history. 


Clemente was drafted and placed in the Marine Reserves. While in basic training, he broke two records, one for the most chin-ups and one for fastest through the obstacle course.

May, 1960

Clemente wins National League’s Player of the Month Award. 

October 1960

Wins his first World Series after defeating the heavily favored New York Yankees in seven games.


Walk-off single to win the All Star Game.


Wins National League Batting Title.

November 14th, 1964

Roberto marries Vera Zabala at San Fernando Church in Carolina, Puerto Rico.


Wins National League MVP Award.


Posts a .352 season batting average.


Wins World Series MVP.

September 30th, 1972

Collects his 3,000th hit on the final day of the Pirates season.

October 11th, 1972

Plays final game with Pittsburgh Pirates. Goes home to coach winter ball with the San Juan Senadores.

December 31st, 1972

Dies after the plane he chartered to carry supplies to Nicaragua after the earthquake crashes into the Atlantic.

March 20th, 1973

Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot with 92.7% of the vote.