On September 13, 1972 — Roberto Clemente’s final career regular-season home run – No. 240 – propels Pittsburgh to a 6 – 4 win over Chicago. It comes, appropriately enough, off Fergie Jenkins, Clemente’s old friend and frequent HR victim (most notably, on September 2, 1966), and within the “friendly confines” of his home away from home, launching pad for numerous RC rockets over the years—most famously, Wrigley’s scoreboard near-miss of May 17, 1959. Today’s blast is a two-run, tie-breaking bomb, “crashed deep into the center field seats,” as per Post-Gazettescribe Charley Feeney. “Clemente just hit everything I had,” admits Jenkins. “He hit a slider for a single, a fastball for a triple and another slider for the home run. He’s something.”


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