Roberto Clemente’s legacy was memorialized on Friday (Oct. 12) with an honorary Google Doodle that pays tribute to the baseball player’s triumphant career.
Clemente, a storied athlete of Puerto Rican descent, became one of the first Latinx baseball players to sign to the Major Leauge Baseball organization. He is also the first Latinx player to join the Brooklyn Dodgers in July 1954.
Beyond the right fielder’s tremendous 3,000 career hits and two World Series rings, Clemente was known for his humanitarian aid efforts in Latin America. After a 6.3 earthquake tore through Nicaragua in 1972, Clemente arranged emergency relief flights to deliver aid to survivors.
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, Google shared with IBTimes that the honor was “A testament to his unique athletic ability, the right fielder accumulated numerous accolades during his pro career including 12 consecutive Gold Glove Awards, 4 National League batting titles, 3,000 career hits, the 1966 National League MVP Award, 2 World Series rings, and the 1971 World Series MVP Award. In fact, it was on this day in 1971 that Clemente’s performance led the Pittsburgh Pirates to victory against the Baltimore Orioles in Game 3 of the series, ultimately contributing to their Series title.”
Unfortunately, Clemente died unexpectedly in a plane crash in 1972 that claimed five lives. The MLB star was inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame a few months later. The moment marked him as the first Latin American and Caribbean player to be honored.
Today we celebrate Puerto Rican, Hall of Fame baseball star Roberto Clemente, whose record-breaking on-the-field performance matched his groundbreaking off-the-field humanitarian efforts. 🇵🇷⚾️ #HispanicHeritageMonth #Boricua #GoogleDoodle → https://t.co/biMxcb7w08 pic.twitter.com/Mj30ERMhoe
— Google Doodles (@GoogleDoodles) October 12, 2018