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News-Antique.com - Dec 06,2010 - Pittsburgh Pirate legend Roberto Clemente played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball from 1955 through 1972. All of those games were for the Pirates.
To say Pittsburgh fans loved the man is an understatement.
Clemente won four batting titles and led the Pirates to world championships in 1960 and 1971. The right fielder was also the first Latino to be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
“He was always where he was supposed to be, backing up, taking balls off the most difficult fences. His arm was powerful, but it was also deadly accurate. Nobody ran on him and when they did run it was from ignorance, not knowledge,” said Bill Virdon, who played center field next to Clemente.
Clemente could run, throw, field and hit with near perfection. Seeing him play, even from the far left field stands was art in motion. The baseball diamond was his canvas, the bat his brush. Clemente could hit any pitch in any park. He was that good.
On July 13, Hunt Auctions featured its Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest and auction in Anaheim, Calif. A number of Clemente items were featured in the sale.
A rare, autographed, game-used baseball glove; professional model; Rawlings model TG12; with Clemente lettering written in vintage black marker; circa 1967; sold for $115,000.
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