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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