- 3,000 career hits
- .317 career batting average
- 4-time batting champion (1961 - .351, 1964 - .339, 1965 - .329 and 1967 - .357)
- Hit over .300 in 13 different seasons
- 1966 NL MVP
- 1971 World Series MVP
- Won the World Series in 1960 and 1971 with the Pirates
- Led the league in hits in 1964 (211) and 1967(209)
- Had 200+ hits in 4 seasons
- 12-time All Star
- 12-time gold glove winner
- Only player in history to hit an inside the park grand slam
Originally signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers (sorry Max), Clemente would later be drafted by the Pirates in what is now known as the Rule V draft.
Clemente was heavily involved in charity work. When the country of Nicaragua suffered a devastating earthquake on December 23, 1972, Clemente rushed to be of aid. The plane that Clemente had chartered on December 31, 1972 crashed almost immediately after takeoff, killing everyone on board. A few days later, the fuselage of the plane, and the body of the pilot were recovered. Manny Sanguillen, Clemente's close friend and teammate was the only Pirates player who did not attend Clemente's memorial service. He, instead, chose to dive into the waters off the coast of Puerto Rico in an attempt to find his fallen teammate. Clemente's body was never found. He was 38.
(HALL OF FAME 13)