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He emerged as one of the best young players in the National League. His batting average increased. His ability to drive in runs increased. And his fielding, always above average, continued to advance. Frequently, Clemente caught fly balls to right field in what was called a basket catch. Rather than following the normal form of raising his glove in the air and holding his other hand behind it to steady the mitt, he held his glove out in front of his belly, pocket up, and let the descending ball fall into it.

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His first manager, Fred Haney, did not speak Spanish, so Roberto sometimes had difficulty communicating his thoughts. The Pittsburgh Pirates of the early 1950s were one of the worst teams in baseball history. Finishing last in 1954 enabled the team to draft and keep Clemente while waiting for him to develop. 41 42 L E G E N D A R Y AT H L E T E S Temper, Temper &OHPHQWH ZDV VWLOO VRPH ZKDW LPPDWXUH ZKHQ KH EURNH LQWR WKH 3LUDWHV· OLQHXS LQ  ,I WKLQJV GLG QRW DOZD\V JR KLV ZD\ KH H[SORGHG RIWHQ WKURZLQJ WDQWUXPV LQ IURQWRIKLVWHDPPDWHV,I KH PDGH DQ RXW ZKHQ KH WKRXJKW KH VKRXOG KDYH PDGHDKLWKHVRPHWLPHV GHVWUR\HG 3LUDWHV WHDP HTXLSPHQW  7KH ILUVW WLPH &OHP HQWH FDXVHG D VFHQH KLV VXUSULVHG PDQDJHU )UHG +DQH\ ILQHG KLP  7KDW GLG QRW FXUH &OHP HQWH·V KDELW &OHPHQWH KDG D WHQGHQF\ RI WKURZ LQJ KLV EDWWLQJ KHOPHW RQWR WKH JURXQG DIWHU VWULNLQJRXW+HEURNH KHOPHWV WKDW \HDU :KHQ LQIRUPHGWKDWKHZRXOGEH VHQW D ELOO IRU  &OH PHQWH GHFLGHG KH KDG WR LPSURYH KLV EHKDYLRU +H FRXOGQRWDIIRUGWKHFRVWRI JLYLQJLQWRKLVWHPSHU While Clemente saw much more action as a rookie than he had in the minors, he didn’t begin as a starter for the Pirates.

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