1954 Roberto Clemente Signed Pittsburgh Pirates Questionnaire
This Pittsburgh Organization Player Questionnaire was completed by Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente on December 5, 1954, just after he was acquired by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates organization would require each of its rookies to fill out a form like this before the start of their Major League careers to supply the club with information that could be used for publicity purposes. Due to the fact that Clemente's English was very poor at the time, the two-sided document was filled out in someone else's hand; it is, however, signed by Roberto Clemente himself. On the first page, the then-20-year-old Clemente lists his date of birth, home address, place of birth (Carolina, Puerto Rico), height (6'), weight (175), Selective Service classification (1-A) and Ancestry ("color"). He notes that he has not served in the military. Clemente played baseball, basketball and volleyball and also ran track in high school; he was captain of his high school baseball team in Carolina, P.R. Asked about the circumstances surrounding his signing a professional baseball contract, he says "[The scout] saw me played (sic) amateur baseball and invited me to turn pro for $600.00." Clemente names Stan Musial as his baseball hero. The second page lists all of Clemente's prior professional baseball experience, mainly with the Santurce team in Puerto Rico. His greatest thrill in baseball was hitting a double as a pinch-hitter to put the Santurce team on its way to the 1952 championship. Interestingly, Clemente was originally a shortstop but became an outfielder "because team needed an outfielder." He lists his hobbies as movies and dancing, he is not married, and his Social Security number "will be mailed later." The questionnaire is EX-MT with typical mailing folds. Clemente's signature in blue ink is MT. This is truly a rare find for the discerning collector.