Today in Latin American History
Puerto Rican Baseball Player Roberto Clemente Recorded his 3,000th Hit in 1972
Photo: Roberto Clemente
Today in Latin American history, Puerto Rican baseball player Roberto Clemente recorded 3,000th in 1972.
Clemente, struggling with injuries, played in 102 games in 1972 and hit .312 in his final season.
On September 30th, he hit a double off Jon Matlack of the New York Mets at Three Rivers Stadium for his 3,000th hit.
It was the last at-bat of his career during a regular season, though he did play in the 1972 NLCS playoffs against the Cincinnati Reds.
Clemente died in an aviation accident on December 31, 1972, while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
Other events that occurred on this day:
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican revolutionary José María Morelos who led the independence movement was born in 1765
- Today in LatAm history, Brazilian cellist Aldo Parisot who began performing at the age of 12 was born in 1920
- Today in LatAm history, Puerto Rican salsa singer Héctor Lavoe who contributed his own unique sound was born in 1946
- Today in LatAm history, Mexican author Laura Esquivel who wrote “Like Water for Chocolate” was born in 1950
- Today in LatAm history, labor leader César Chávez founded the National Farm Workers Association in 1962
- Today in LatAm history, Venezuelan baseball player Carlos Guillén who played for Seattle Mariners was born in 1975
- Today in LatAm history, Colombian footballer Róbinson Zapata who plays for the National team was born in 1978
- Today in LatAm history, Uruguayan footballer Cristian Rodríguez who plays for the National team & Atlético Madrid was born in 1985