Roberto Clemente Almost Crushed By Mets Catcher Joe Pignatano

Roberto Clemente Involved In A Strange Play At Home

Roberto Clemente August 21 1962 photo AP

WHOOPS !

New York, August 21, 1962 – It’s just that Roberto Clemente of the Pittsburgh Pirates objects to being sat upon by catcher Joe Pignatano of the New York Mets after sliding into home plate with a run in the first game of a twin bill Tuesday. Pittsburgh won the first game 8-6 but lost the second 5-4. Photo: Associated Press

Clemente the spark plug of the Pirates during his career from 1955- 1973 went one for four in game one. In the second game Clemente came into the game as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning of a 5-4 loss to the lowly Mets, who won their 31st game of the season.

The Mets ended up winning 40 games in 1962 while losing an astounding 120.

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