With the 20th anniversary of the retiring of Jackie Robinson's number on the way in 2017, many people are wondering: what about Roberto Clemente?
There's no doubting his impact on the game, so the question must be asked: what's taking the MLB so long in regards to retiring his number for all-time?
Clemente died Dec. 31, 1972, when the plane in which he rode -- with relief supplies for Nicaragua earthquake victims -- crashed into the waters just off San Juan shortly after takeoff.
Clemente will always be regarded as pre-eminent among players of his era and of Latin America, because of how well he played, collecting 3,000 hits in his career, but also because of the way he handled himself off the field. Clemente got a lot from baseball, but he constantly gave back to his fans and people in need across the globe. The light shined on Clemente opened the doors for many Hispanic baseball players today.
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