Category: Famous Boricuas

Roberto Clemente

From Wikipedia, the free ency­clo­pe­dia Rober­to Clemente Walk­er (August 18, 1934 – Decem­ber 31, 1972) was a Puer­to Rican pro­fes­sion­al base­ball play­er. He was a Major League Base­ball right field­er who played 18 sea­sons for the Pitts­burgh Pirates from 1955 through 1972. He was a Nation­al League, Most Valu­able Play­er once, All-Star twelve times (15 games), bat­ting cham­pi­on four times, and Gold Glove win­ner twelve times. In 1972, Clemente got his 3,000th major league hit. Clemente was involved in char­i­ty work in Puer­to Rico and Latin Amer­i­can coun­tries dur­ing the off sea­sons, often deliv­er­ing base­ball equip­ment and food to those in need. He died in an avi­a­tion acci­dent on Decem­ber 31, 1972, while en route to deliv­er aid to earth­quake vic­tims in Nicaragua. Clemente was elect­ed posthu­mous­ly to the Nation­al Base­ball Hall of Fame in 1973, becom­ing the first Latin Amer­i­can to be enshrined. He was also one of only two Hall of Fame mem­bers for whom the manda­to­ry five-year wait­ing peri­od had been waived, the oth­er being Lou Gehrig in 1939. Clemente is the first Lati­no play­er to win a World Series as a starter (1960), to receive an MVP Award (1966), and to receive a World Series MVP Award (1971). Early life Rober­to Clemente was born in Bar­rio San Anton, Puer­to Rico, to Don Mel­chor Clemente and Luisa Walk­er, the youngest of sev­en sib­lings, with five broth­ers...

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Joseph Michael Acaba

From Wikipedia, the free ency­clo­pe­dia Joseph Michael “Joe” Aca­ba (born May 17, 1967) is an edu­ca­tor, hydro­ge­ol­o­gist, and NASA astro­naut. In May 2004 he became the first per­son of Puer­to Rican her­itage to be named as a NASA astro­naut can­di­date, when he was select­ed as a mem­ber of NASA Astro­naut Train­ing Group 19. He com­plet­ed his train­ing on Feb­ru­ary 10, 2006 and was assigned to STS-119, which flew from March 15 to March 28, 2009 to deliv­er the final set of solar arrays to the Inter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion. Aca­ba served as a Flight Engi­neer aboard the Inter­na­tion­al Space Sta­tion, hav­ing launched on May 15, 2012. He arrived at the space sta­tion on May 17 and returned to Earth on Sep­tem­ber 17, 2012 at 6:53am Moscow Stan­dard Time when touch­down was offi­cial­ly record­ed by the Russ­ian Fed­er­al Space Agency. Early life Acaba’s par­ents, Ralph and Elsie Acabá, from Hatil­lo, Puer­to Rico, moved in the mid-1960s to Ingle­wood, Cal­i­for­nia where he was born. They lat­er moved to Ana­heim, Cal­i­for­nia. Since his child­hood, Aca­ba enjoyed read­ing, espe­cial­ly sci­ence fic­tion. In school, he excelled in both sci­ence and math. As a child, his par­ents con­stant­ly exposed him to edu­ca­tion­al films, but it was the 8-mm film show­ing astro­naut Neil Armstrong’s Moon land­ing which real­ly intrigued him about out­er space. Dur­ing his senior year in high school, Aca­ba became inter­est­ed in scu­ba div­ing and...

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