He played his entire career in Major League Baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
He was named National League MVP in 1966.
He was elected to and inducted into the Baseball Hall of fame in 1973 after the mandatory wait period was waived.
Clemente was first noticed by Major League scouts while playing in the Puerto Rican Winter League for the Santurce Crabbers. He shared the outfield with Willie Mays at the time.
Broadcaster and former World Series opponent Tim McCarver has called Clemente the "greatest right fielder of all time".
As of the end of the 2006 season, he is one of only four players to have a lifetime batting average over .300 and 10 or more Gold Gloves.
He was named MVP of the 1971 World Series.
He reached the 3,000 career hits mark with his last career regular season at bat.
He played in two World Series, and got hits in all 14 games.
His outstanding fielding ability earned him twelve consecutive Gold Glove Awards, from 1961 through 1972.
His Major League debut was on April 17, 1955, against the Brooklyn Dodgers, the team that originally drafted him.
Roberto Clemente: When I put on my uniform, I feel I am the proudest man on earth.
Roberto Clemente: Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don't, then you are wasting your time on Earth.
Tim McCarver: Some right fielders have rifles for arms, but he had a howitzer.
Roberto Clemente: Why does everyone talk about the past? All that counts is tomorrow's game.
Roberto Clemente: I'm a very quiet, shy person, although you writers might not believe because I shout sometimes.
Vin Scully: Clemente could field the ball in New York and throw out a guy in Pennsylvania.
Roberto Clemente: I am convinced that God wanted me to be a baseball player. I was born to play baseball.