Roberto Clemente And The Hall Of Fame Class Of 1973
Roberto Clemente is one of just two players elected into baseball’s Hall of Fame without having to wait the requisite five years after retirement to gain eligibility. The other player was Lou Gehrig.
His Hall of Fame plaque reads:
“Member of exclusive 3,000 hits club. Led National League in batting four times. Had four seasons of 200 or more hits while posting lifetime .317 average and 240 home runs. Won Most Valuable Player Award 1966. Rifle-Arm defensive star set NL mark by pacing outfielders in assists five years. Batted .362 in two World Series, hitting in all 14 games.”