Roberto Clemente Scouting Report
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!