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Quotes by Roberto Clemente

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Wikipedia Summary for Roberto Clemente

Roberto Enrique Clemente Walker (Spanish pronunciation: [roˈβeɾto enˈrike kleˈmente (ɣ)walˈkeɾ]; August 18, 1934 – December 31, 1972) was a Puerto Rican professional baseball right fielder who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates. After his early death, he was posthumously inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973, becoming both the first Caribbean and the first Latin-American player to be enshrined. Because he died at a young age and had such a stellar career, the Hall of Fame changed its rules of eligibility. As an alternative to a player having to be retired for five years before eligibility, a player who has been deceased for at least six months is eligible for entry.

Clemente was an All-Star for 13 seasons, playing in 15 All-Star Games. He was the National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1966, the NL batting leader in 1961, 1964, 1965, and 1967, and a Gold Glove Award winner for 12 consecutive seasons from 1961 through 1972. His batting average was over .300 for 13 seasons and he had 3,000 hits during his major league career. He also was a two-time World Series champion. Clemente was the first player from the Caribbean and Latin America to win a World Series as a starting position player (1960), to receive an NL MVP Award (1966), and to receive a World Series MVP Award (1971).

Clemente was involved in charity work in Latin American and Caribbean countries during the off-seasons. He often delivered baseball equipment and food to those in need. On December 31, 1972, he died in a plane crash at the age of 38 while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. The following season, the Pirates retired his uniform number 21, and MLB renamed its annual Commissioner's Award in his honor. Now known as the Roberto Clemente Award, it is given to the player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team."

Quote: 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. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

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.


Quote: I would like to get 3,000 hits. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

I would like to get 3,000 hits.


Quote: After I failed to win the Most Valuable Player Award in 1960, I made up my mind I'd win the batting title in 1961 for the first time. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

After I failed to win the Most Valuable Player Award in 1960, I made up my mind I'd win the batting title in 1961 for the first time.


Quote: Brooklyn was a famous team. I wanted to play for the Dodgers. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

Brooklyn was a famous team. I wanted to play for the Dodgers.


Quote: I wasn't ready for the majors when I joined the Pirates in 1955. I was too young and didn't know my way around. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

I wasn't ready for the majors when I joined the Pirates in 1955. I was too young and didn't know my way around.


Quote: Pitch me outside, I will hit .400. Pitch me inside, and you will not find the ball. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

Pitch me outside, I will hit .400. Pitch me inside, and you will not find the ball.


Quote: The Dodgers told me a big bonus was no good, and they said other players would resent it. Better for me to take a small amount of money and work my way. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

The Dodgers told me a big bonus was no good, and they said other players would resent it. Better for me to take a small amount of money and work my way.


Quote: When I put on my uniform, I feel I am the proudest man on earth. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

When I put on my uniform, I feel I am the proudest man on earth.


Quote: Nobody does anything better than me in baseball (said before the 1971 World Series). by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

Nobody does anything better than me in baseball (said before the 1971 World Series).


Quote: I am from the poor people; I represent the poor people. I like workers. I like people that suffer because these people have a different approach to life from the people that have everything and don't know what suffering is. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

I am from the poor people; I represent the poor people. I like workers. I like people that suffer because these people have a different approach to life from the people that have everything and don't know what suffering is.


Quote: There's no difference between me and you. You need something, a glove, a place to live, you let me know. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

There's no difference between me and you. You need something, a glove, a place to live, you let me know.


Quote: Anytime you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don't, then you are wasting your time on Earth. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

Anytime you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don't, then you are wasting your time on Earth.


Quote: If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don't do that, you are wasting your time on this Earth. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don't do that, you are wasting your time on this Earth.


Quote: My mother has the same kind of an arm, even today at 74. She could throw a ball from second base to home plate with something on it. I got my arm from my mother. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

My mother has the same kind of an arm, even today at 74. She could throw a ball from second base to home plate with something on it. I got my arm from my mother.


Quote: I used to watch Monte Irvin play when I was a kid. I idolized him. I used to wait in front of the ballpark just for him to pass by so I could see him. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

I used to watch Monte Irvin play when I was a kid. I idolized him. I used to wait in front of the ballpark just for him to pass by so I could see him.


Quote: The farther away you writers stay, the better I like it. You know why? Because you're trying to create a bad image of me... you do it because I'm black and Puerto Rican, but I'm proud to be Puerto Rican. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

The farther away you writers stay, the better I like it. You know why? Because you're trying to create a bad image of me... you do it because I'm black and Puerto Rican, but I'm proud to be Puerto Rican.


Quote: The first day that I get to Fort Myers, there was a newspaper down there. The newspaper said, 'Puerto Rican hot dog arrives in town.' by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

The first day that I get to Fort Myers, there was a newspaper down there. The newspaper said, 'Puerto Rican hot dog arrives in town.'


Quote: They said you'd really have to be something to be like Babe Ruth. But Babe Ruth was an American player. What we needed was a Puerto Rican player they could say that about, someone to look up to and try to equal. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

They said you'd really have to be something to be like Babe Ruth. But Babe Ruth was an American player. What we needed was a Puerto Rican player they could say that about, someone to look up to and try to equal.


Quote: I loved the game so much that even though our playing field was muddy and we had many trees on it, I used to play many hours every day. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

I loved the game so much that even though our playing field was muddy and we had many trees on it, I used to play many hours every day.


Quote: I would be lost without baseball. I don't think I could stand being away from it as long as I was alive. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

I would be lost without baseball. I don't think I could stand being away from it as long as I was alive.


Quote: I want to be remembered as a ballplayer who gave all he had to give. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

I want to be remembered as a ballplayer who gave all he had to give.


Quote: I couldn't ask for better teammates, and the Pirate fans are the greatest in baseball. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

I couldn't ask for better teammates, and the Pirate fans are the greatest in baseball.


Quote: My father used to say, 'I want you to be a good man; I want you to learn how to work. And I want you to be a serious person.' I grew up with that in my mind. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

My father used to say, 'I want you to be a good man; I want you to learn how to work. And I want you to be a serious person.' I grew up with that in my mind.


Quote: In a way, I was born twice. I was born in 1934 and again in 1955 when I came to Pittsburgh. I am thankful to say that I lived two lives. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

In a way, I was born twice. I was born in 1934 and again in 1955 when I came to Pittsburgh. I am thankful to say that I lived two lives.


Quote: Baseball has been very good to me. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

Baseball has been very good to me.


Quote: But some people act like they think I live in the jungle someplace. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

But some people act like they think I live in the jungle someplace.


Quote: I was born to play baseball. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

I was born to play baseball.


Quote: I am convinced that God wanted me to be a baseball player. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

I am convinced that God wanted me to be a baseball player.


Quote: I want to be remembered as a ballplayer who gave all I had to give. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

I want to be remembered as a ballplayer who gave all I had to give.


Quote: If I would be happy, I would be a very bad ball player. With me, when I get mad, it puts energy in my body. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

If I would be happy, I would be a very bad ball player. With me, when I get mad, it puts energy in my body.


Quote: To the people here, we are outsiders. Foreigners. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

To the people here, we are outsiders. Foreigners.


Quote: I am more valuable to my team hitting .330 then swinging for home runs. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

I am more valuable to my team hitting .330 then swinging for home runs.


Quote: If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don't do that, you are wasting your time on this earth. by author Roberto Clemente overlaid on photo of photo of author Roberto Clemente with quote

If you have a chance to accomplish something that will make things better for people coming behind you, and you don't do that, you are wasting your time on this earth.


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