» November 22, 1954: The Pirates draft young Roberto Clemente from the Dodgers farm system. Clemente hit just .257 at Montreal and Brooklyn assumed he would not be noticed.
» February 12, 1955: Willie Mays and Roberto Clemente hit crucial home runs to lead Santurce (Puerto Rico) to a 4–2 win over Venezuela in the Caribbean Series. Mays's home run comes in the 11th.
» September 8, 1958:
The Pirates RF Roberto Clemente hits three triples in a 4–1 win over Cincinnati. Rookie pitcher Curt Raydon (8-4) collects his only ML hit in the 5th to ignite a 3-run rally. This is also his last ML decision.
» May 20, 1960:
The Pirates stretch their National League lead to one 1/2 games by edging the Giants, 5–4, on Roberto Clemente's single in the 12th inning. Clemente has three hits to raise his average to .378. Willie McCovey's homer in the 9th tied it for San Francisco, and a score in the 12th puts them ahead. But Don Hoak's single and a run-scoring double by Dick Groat sets the stage for Clemente.
» May 28, 1960:
At Forbes Field in the 8th inning, Roberto Clemente is on 3B and Hal Smith on 1B with two outs, when Bill Mazeroski fans on a ball that hits in the front of the plate. The ball then hits umpire Al Barlick on the right knee and bounces back toward Phillies pitcher, Jim Owens. Maz doesn't move as Smith jogs to 2B. Clemente races in from 3B then stops. Owens fields the ball and goes after Clemente ignoring pleas from the Phils' bench to simply throw to 1B. In the run-down, Clemente knocks the ball out of Jim Coker's glove and scores the tying run on the catcher's error (the photo has been widely published). The Pirates win, 4–2 in the 13th on Don Hoak's 2-run home run.
» September 15, 1960: Willie Mays ties the modern major-league record with three triples in a game against the Phillies. His 3-bagger off Turk Farrell gives the Giants an 8–6 win in 11 innings. Mays also strokes a double and single. The last National Leaguer to hit three treys in a game was Roberto Clemente, in 1958.
» April 19, 1962:
The Pirates win their 9th straight, beating the Phils, 8–3. This is a new club record, breaking the mark at the beginning of the 1938 season. Roberto Clemente's 2-run single and Bill Mazeroski's 2-run homer are the big blows.
» July 10, 1962: Roberto Clemente has three hits as the National League wins 3–1 in the first All-Star Game of 1962, at D.C. Stadium.
» May 28, 1963:
Called out at 1B on a close play for the 2nd time, Roberto Clemente inadvertently strikes umpire Bill Jackowski. Clemente is ejected, fined $250, and suspended for five days. The Pirates lose 5–1 to the Phils.
» October 12, 1963: In the first (and last) Hispanic American major league all-star game, the National League team beats the American League 5–2 at the Polo Grounds. The game features such names as Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Roberto Clemente, Orlando Cepeda, Julian Javier, Felipe Alou, Luis Aparicio, and Zoilo Versalles. Vic Power receives a pregame award as the number-one Latin player. NL starter Juan Marichal strikes out six in four innings, though reliever Al McBean is the winner. Pinch hitter Manny Mota drives in two against loser Pedro Ramos.
» March 1, 1965: As Pittsburgh's training camp opens, Roberto Clemente is absent and suffering from malaria. He will report to camp a month late and struggle until mid-May.
» September 2, 1966: The Pirates take over 1st place by topping the Cubs 7–5 on a Roberto Clemente home run, his 2000th career hit. Clemente's home run gives him 101 RBIs for the year, the 1st time he's topped 100. Bob Veale is the winner over Fergie Jenkins.
» September 15, 1966:
Don Drysdale (10-16) gives up two home runs in the 9th, to Roberto Clemente and Willie Stargell, with two outs, but holds on to give the Dodgers a 5–3 win over Pittsburgh. The Dodgers now lead the Bucs by two 1/2 games. The Bucs and Dodgers will split the next two games.
» November 16, 1966: Pirate OF Roberto Clemente is named MVP in the National League. He edges Sandy Koufax by 10 votes.
» May 15, 1967: Roberto Clemente clubs three homers to drive in all seven runs for Pittsburgh—but it's not enough. The Reds win, 8–7.
» July 15, 1967: Cardinals P Bob Gibson suffers a fractured right fibula when hit by a Roberto Clemente line drive. Gibson will be sidelined until Labor Day. St. Louis also loses the game to Pittsburgh, 6–4.
» October 1, 1967:
Pittsburgh RF Roberto Clemente ends his season with a flourish, winning his 4th batting title with a .357 average by going 2-for-5 with a triple and his 23rd home run, as the Pirates wallop the Astros 10–3.
» September 14, 1968:
Pittsburgh's Bob Veale shuts out the Mets, 6–0, on eight hits and is backed by two home runs from Roberto Clemente.
» October 2, 1969: Pete Rose is .0008 ahead of Roberto Clemente in the batting race in his final at bat today, A bunt single clinches it (.348) for his 2nd straight batting title as the Reds down the Braves, 8–3, in Atlanta.
» July 24, 1970:
At Pittsburgh, Clemente celebrates Roberto Clemente night with a pair of hits but leaves after suffering a cut left knee making a sliding catch on the gravel warning track. Dock Ellis goes all the way allowing four hits as the Pirates trounce the Astros, 11–0.
» August 22, 1970: In a 16-inning game, the Pirates edge the Dodgers 2–1. Roberto Clemente goes 5-for-7 with an RBI and run scored.
» August 23, 1970: Roberto Clemente compiles his 2nd straight 5-hit game during an 11–0 pasting of Los Angeles. He is the first major leaguer this century to collect 10 hits in two consecutive games.
» July 13, 1971: In an All-Star Game featuring home runs by Johnny Bench, Hank Aaron, Roberto Clemente, Reggie Jackson, Frank Robinson, and Harmon Killebrew, the American League triumphs at Detroit 6–4. It is the only AL All-Star victory between 1962 and 1983. Jackson's home run goes 520 feet.
» July 15, 1971: The Pirates beat the Padres 4–3 in a marathon thriller. Pittsburgh ties the game in the bottom of the 9th, 13th, and 16th innings before winning it on a Roberto Clemente home run in the 17th.
» September 1, 1971: The Pirates start what is believed to be the first all-black lineup (including several Latinos) in ML history, in a 10–7 win over the Phillies. The lineup: Rennie Stennett, 2B; Gene Clines, CF; Roberto Clemente, RF; Willie Stargell, LF; Manny Sanguillen, C; Dave Cash, 3B; Al Oliver, 1B; Jackie Hernandez, SS; and Dock Ellis, P. Another black, Bob Veale, was one of three relievers in the game.
» October 14, 1971: Nelson Briles hurls a 2-hit shutout and Robertson slugs his 6th post-season home run as the Pirates win the 5th game 4–0 and take a 3-2 Series advantage. Roberto Clemente hits safely in his 12th straight World Series game. This is the last weekday day game in the World Series.
» October 17, 1971: Steve Blass hurls a 4-hitter and Roberto Clemente homers as the Pirates win game seven of the World Series 2–1, becoming World Champions for the first time since 1960. After the game, 40,000 people riot in downtown Pittsburgh; at least 100 are injured, some seriously.
» September 30, 1972: During a 5–0 win over the Mets, the Pirates' Roberto Clemente doubles off Jon Matlack in the 4th inning for his 3,000th—and final—career hit in regular-season play.
» October 10, 1972: Ross Grimsley of the Reds allows but two hits—a single and a home run by Roberto Clemente—to even the series with a 7–1 victory.
» November 25, 1972: TSN announces Gold Glove Award winners. Pirate Roberto Clemente wins his 12th straight, and Dodger 1B Wes Parker his 6th in a row. Neither will play in 1973.
» December 31, 1972: A plane carrying Roberto Clemente to Nicaragua on a mercy mission for earthquake victims crashes into the Atlantic Ocean. Clemente, who batted .317 in 18 seasons with the Pirates, is presumed dead at age 38.
» March 20, 1973: In a special election held by the BBWAA, the late Roberto Clemente receives 393 of 424 votes to earn entry in the Hall of Fame. The Hall's Board of Directors had earlier waived the 5-year-wait rule for Clemente.
» April 6, 1973:
At Three Rivers Stadium, 51,695 fans watch as the jersey of the late Roberto Clemente is retired. The Pirates then beat St. Louis, 7–5, with a 9th inning rally.
» August 6, 1973: Roberto Clemente and Warren Spahn head the list of new inductees at Cooperstown. Clemente is the first Latin-born player to achieve membership at Cooperstown. The Rangers beat the Pirates in the Hall of Fame game 6–4.
» May 7, 1986: Thirty-six-year-old Phillies OF Garry Maddox, an 8-time Gold Glove winner, retires. Only Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays have won more Gold Gloves in the outfield.
» July 11, 1994: The Pirates unveil a statue of Roberto Clemente outside Three Rivers Stadium.
» October 28, 2001:
Arizona's Curt Schilling is announced as the winner of the annual Roberto Clemente Award for his contributions to the game both on and off the field.
» October 22, 2002:
Cleveland 1B Jim Thome is announced as the winner of the 2002 Roberto Clemente Award for excellence on and off the field.