Boy who became Detroit's police chief for a day dies of leukemia

DETROIT, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- A 9-year-old boy who became Detroit's honorary police chief for a day has died of leukemia, police said.

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Teen gunned down after Obama speech

CHICAGO, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- A Chicago father said the last talk he had with his daughter was about President Barack Obama's gun control proposal -- hours before she was fatally shot.

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Clemente bat sells for $41,825

Clemente bat sells for $41,825

BALTIMORE, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- A baseball bat used by Roberto Clemente in the 1960 World Series sold for $41,825 at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore.

N.J. Senate to vote on retiring Clemente No. 21

TRENTON, N.J., June 21 (UPI) -- The New Jersey Senate was expected to vote Thursday on a resolution urging Major League Baseball to retire Roberto Clemente's number.
David Ortiz wins Clemente Award

David Ortiz wins Clemente Award

ST. LOUIS, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- Major League Baseball announced Thursday that David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox had won the 2011 Roberto Clemente Award.
Suzuki wins 10th consecutive Gold Glove

Suzuki wins 10th consecutive Gold Glove

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Seattle outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has won his 10th consecutive Gold Glove, it was announced Tuesday.

Clemente named to all-time defensive team

PITTSBURGH, June 18 (UPI) -- The late Pittsburgh Pirate Roberto Clemente is set to be honored Saturday as a member of the Rawlings Gold Glove All-Time baseball team.

Decomposed body parts found in river

NEW YORK, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- New York police say decomposed body parts were pulled from the Harlem River near the spot where a man allegedly killed his mother and brother.

Baseball gets Clemente Award nominees

NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Major League Baseball is taking names for its annual Roberto Clemente Award, recognizing sportsmanship, community service and positive team contributions.

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Delgado wins Roberto Clemente Award

HOUSTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- New York Mets first baseman Carlos Delgado has been named the 2006 recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award.

Pujols is top Clemente Award nominee

NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- St. Louis Cardinals slugger first baseman Albert Pujols Wednesday led the nominees for baseball's Roberto Clemente Award. Pujols is batting .322 this season with 44 home runs and 116 RBI in 446 at-bats.

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Roberto Clemente
PIT99040702 - 07 APRIL 1999 - PITTSBURGH, PA, USA: Vera Clemente widow of Roberto Clemente shows her emotions following the ceremony to rename the Sixth Street Bridge to honor late husband. The Roberto Clemente Bridge will be a walkway to the new PNC Park,future home of the Pittsburgh Pirates in April of 2001. UPI ac/Archie Carpenter

Roberto Clemente Walker (August 18, 1934 – December 31, 1972), was a Puerto Rican Major League Baseball right fielder. He was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, the youngest of seven children. On November 14, 1964, he married Vera Zabala at San Fernando Church in Carolina. The couple had three children: Roberto Jr., Luis Roberto and Enrique Roberto. He began his professional career playing with the Santurce Crabbers in the Puerto Rican Professional Baseball League (LBPPR). While he was playing in Puerto Rico, the Brooklyn Dodgers offered him a contract to play with the Montreal Royals. Clemente accepted the offer and was active with the team until he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the Major League Baseball draft that took place on November 22, 1954.

Clemente played his entire 18-year baseball career with the Pirates (1955-72). He was awarded the National League's Most Valuable Player Award in 1966. During the course of his career, Clemente was selected to participate in the league's All Star Game on twelve occasions. He won twelve Gold Glove Awards and led the league in batting average in four different seasons. He was involved in charity work in Puerto Rico and other Latin American countries, often delivering baseball equipment and food to them. He died in an aviation accident on December 31, 1972, while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. His body was never recovered. He was elected to the Hall of Fame posthumously in 1973, thus becoming the first Latin American to be selected and the only current Hall of Famer for whom the mandatory five year waiting period has been waived since the wait was instituted in 1954. Clemente is also the first Hispanic player to win a World Series as a starter (1960), win a league MVP award (1966) and win a World Series MVP award (1971).

Roberto was born in Carolina, Puerto Rico, to Don Melchor Clemente and Luisa Walker. He was the youngest of seven siblings, having five brothers and one sister. During his childhood, Don Melchor worked as foreman of the sugar crops located in the municipality. The family's resources were limited and Roberto had to work to earn money; this work included delivering milk cans to the family's neighbors. Clemente demonstrated interest in baseball early in his life and would often play against neighboring barrios. He studied in Vizcarondo High School, a public school located in Carolina. During his first year in high school, he was recruited by Roberto Marin to play softball with the Sello Rojo team; Marin had taken interest in Clemente when he saw him playing baseball in Barrio San Anton. He was with the team two years, playing shortstop. Clemente joined Puerto Rico's amateur league when he was sixteen years old; while there, he played for the Ferdinand Juncos team, which represented the municipality of Juncos.

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