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Topic: Roberto Clemente - US Marine

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Roberto Clemente - US Marine
« on: November 05, 2019, 07:43:39 AM »

Somebody just clued me in on this, I had no idea, and he was one of my favorite players.

in the winter of 1958-59, he joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve and spent his six-month active duty commitment at Parris Island, South Carolina, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and in Washington, D.C. The intense physical training that winter helped Clemente add 10 lbs of muscle and rid him of longtime back pain.

Clemente served in the Corps as a Private First Class until 1964 and was inducted into the Marine Corps Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.


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Re: Roberto Clemente - US Marine
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2019, 08:38:21 AM »
My dad's favorite player....I was too young to remember him play.
For the Pirates, I always enjoyed Willie Stargell (but Dave Parker was awfully good) and the 79 team.
My dad and I watched the entire Series with the sound off and Willie Nelson playing on the stereo...



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Re: Roberto Clemente - US Marine
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2019, 08:58:17 AM »
Was not a Pirate fan but never missed a chance to watch Clemente. He was the most talented player I've ever seen.
Was always amazed  at how he could make an impossible play and look so graceful while doing it.
He could hit for average, hit with power had speed and was the best defensive outfielder I've ever seen.
He had no weakness as a player.
He died way too young on a life saving mission.......my all time favorite player on a team that I did not like.


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