On September 2, 1966 — The Pirates behind Bob Veale take over 1st place by topping Fergie Jenkins and the Cubs, 7 – 5, on Roberto Clemente’s opposite-field upper deck home run. Besides being his 2000th career hit, Clemente’s homer is his 23rd this season, tying his career high (he’ll end with 29), and gives him 101 RBI for the year, the first time he’s topped 100. “Like his first hit in the big leagues and also Hit 1,000,” writes Les Biederman in The Sporting News, “this one came at Forbes Field… In the 5th inning, Clemente batted with runners on first and second, one out and the Pirates leading, 1 – 0. Jenkins threw a fastball and Clemente blasted it on a line into the upper deck in right field.”


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