In terms of his impact on baseball and society, Roberto Clemente’s name should be mentioned right alongside Jackie Robinson’s. The first Latin-American baseball superstar, Clemente banged out exactly 3,000 career hits, making him one of just the 32 Major Leaguers to join the 3,000-hit club. Clemente was so understated and humble that it’s often forgotten just how good he was: We’re talking 15 All-Star appearances, 12 Gold Gloves, a regular season MVP Award, a World Series MVP Award, and the eternal adoration of Pittsburgh Pirates fans everywhere. Known by the moniker Sweetness, Clemente did more than his fair share of charitable work, most notably arranging aid for a 1972 earthquake in Nicaragua. On December 31, 1972, Clemente was killed in a tragic plane crash. Due to the circumstances of his death, the Baseball Writers Association of America waived the five-year waiting period, and elected him to the Hall of Fame in 1973.