Today would have been the 80th birthday of the great Roberto Clemente. Back in 2012 on the Pirates Prospects blog site, I took a different route to celebrate the birthday of this all-time great. I went back through many of the major and local newspapers from November 23,1954, which was the day after the Pittsburgh Pirates picked up Clemente in the Rule V draft. The article gives a fascinating take of the first responses to the pick, the immediate reactions with some comments on the virtually unknown minor leaguer. You can read the full article here, it's definitely worth the time checking out.
You will see many tributes today for Clemente, which will point out the great career he had and the even better person he was outside of baseball. He is a player that will live on forever due to b...
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John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.