Roberto Clemente by KlionskyG

Champion(s):

LorinBurte
Get off my lawn!


Runner(s)-Up:

AnthonyBianca
The saddest thing in life is wasted talent.


Quiz Description

MLB celebrated Roberto Clemente Day on September 9th. Here's a quick quiz.

Recap is here and you can read W.P. Kinsella's excellent story Searching For January here. Great story. I neglected to include anything from it in the quiz.

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Questions:

On what island was Roberto Clemente born?

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Puerto Rico

What barrier-breaking franchise originally signed Clemente, in early 1954, burying him in the minor leagues in the hopes that no other team would pay attention? Branch Rickey ultimately drafted Clemente away from this first team after that season.

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(Brooklyn) Dodgers (Rickey left Brooklyn to work for the Pirates in 1950)

For what team did Clemente play his entire major league career?

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Pittsburgh Pirates

What specific, extremely rare event -- the only time it's happened in MLB history -- was Clemente responsible for on July 25th, 1956, as his team beat the visiting Chicago Cubs 9-8 at Forbes Field? (You'll need some hyphens to answer this one.)

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Walk-off inside-the-park grand slam

From the 1958 off-season through 1964, what other organization did Clemente sign up for? Always faithful to his team as well, Clemente needed a state senator to write a letter to a US senator to request his release in time for spring training in 1959.

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United States Marine Corps ("Semper Fidelis" would be your clue here)

In what two years did Clemente and his team win the World Series? They were held in different decades, but the same man held top roles in the executive branch of the US government in each of these years.

The MVP of the first series came from the losing team, the only time that's happened in MLB history (likely because votes had to be in by the start of the 8th inning of Game 7). Clemente himself won the World Series MVP the second time his team won.

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1960, 1971

How many major league hits did Clemente have, the only player whose career total is this milestone number?

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3000

What country was Clemente attempting to deliver aid to after an earthquake when the plane he was on crashed shortly after takeoff?

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Nicaragua

A) The pitcher (and father of a future second baseman who called PNC Park home) who helped Clemente load the doomed plane on December 31, 1972, but whom Clemente advised to go have fun on New Year's rather than boarding the flight

B) Clemente's mother's last name, which was originally listed on his Hall of Fame plaque as his middle name but has since been corrected to appear after "Clemente", as is the correct format

C) An unrelated right fielder who was the second man of his nationality elected to the Hall of Fame

A, B, and C all have the same last name. What is it?

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Walker

What river does the Roberto Clemente Bridge cross? It's the same one crossed by the Andy Warhol and Rachel Carson Bridges nearby.

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Allegheny River

The Roberto Clemente Award is given annually to honor a player for combining good play with strong work in the community.

What player, born on a different island than Clemente but wearing the same uniform number and playing the same position as him, won the Roberto Clemente Award (as well as his league's MVP) in 1998 after his record-breaking season?

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Sammy Sosa

Clemente's jersey number was retired by his franchise the spring after his death, though on Sept 9, 2020, the entire (current) team wore this number. What number is it? It might help you triangulate the number if I told you it was an integer factor of the only number currently retired across all of MLB.

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