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Roberto Clemente Becomes a Pirate

The Brooklyn Dodgers left Roberto Clemente unprotected in the 1955 draft because they already had Carl Furillo in right field. So Clemente, who would go on to become one of the greatest players of his era (1955-1972), was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates on November 22, 1954. The Dodgers didn’t think Clemente would be noticed by Pittsburgh as he had only hit .257 for their minor league club in Montreal. Can you imagine the Brooklyn or L.A. Dodgers with Koufax, Drysdale, Snider, Wills, Campanella, Robinson and Clemente? The Dodgers, instead of the Yankees, would have had the dynasty.

Pictured is the document that transferred Clemente from the Brooklyn Dodgers to the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 8, 1954.