Roberto Clemente was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973 by a special Election. After his death in 1972 the five year waiting period was waived.
Roberto Clemente's career, and life was cut short in a plane crash on December 31, 1972 while delivering supplies to victims of an earthquake in Nicaragua. The five year waiting time was waived, and Roberto Clemente was Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973.
He didn't retire. He was killed in a plane crash on New Year's Eve, 1972, on a mercy mession to Central America.
Roberto Clemente of the Pittsburgh Pirates was elected unanimously to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1973, months after his death in a plane crash on New Year's Eve in 1972. Clemente was a native of Puerto Rico and was elected to the Hall of Fame in a special waiver of the five year waiting period following the final year of playing.
Roberto Clemente threw out 269 runners in his 18-year career.
Roberto Clemente won the 1966 NL MVP Award
Roberto Clemente was the 1971 Babe Ruth Award winner.
Roberto Clemente played his last game in the NLCS, on October 3, 1972.
Shortly after take off on December 31, 1972 while flying relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua the plane carrying Roberto Clemente and four other crashed. In 1973 the Baseball's Writer Association waived the customary five-year wait and voted Roberto Clemente into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.