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Roberto Clemente Scouting Report

Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:58 AM

Over the past week, Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson has released some pretty amazing high school scouting reports via Twitter, including Derek Jeter and Chipper Jones.

He was at it again Wednesday, and this one is a real piece of history.

Roberto Clemente was the first Puerto Rican ballplayer to be elected into the Hall of Fame, and tragically died in a plane crash en route to Nicaragua to aid earthquake victims.

He passed away at age 38 with exactly 3,000 hits, playing his entire 18-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The right fielder won two World Series, an MVP award, four batting titles and a dozen gold gloves.

Clemente was an integral part of the 1960 Pirates team that famously took out the New York Yankees in Game 7 on Bill Mazeroski's walk-off home run. Trailing 7-5 in the eighth inning, Clemente singled on a 1-2 pitch to cut the Yankees lead to 7-6, setting up Hal Smith's go-ahead three-run homer.

Another interesting facet to the scouting report is that the scout was Al Campanis of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who also discovered Hall of Fame southpaw Sandy Koufax.

I can't wait to see which scouting report Idelson releases next! Comments

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