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Clemente can sleep peacefully after 3,000th hit

Updated: September 28, 2001, 12:38 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

Sept. 30, 1972

Roberto Clemente comes to the ballpark after a sleepless night because of all the telephone calls from New York and Puerto Rico following his near-miss in getting his 3,000th hit the night before. Clemente, who had complained bitterly when he felt the official scorer deprived him of his historic hit, finally achieves his cherished goal when he strokes a long double to left-center off Mets left-hander Jon Matlack in the fourth inning in Pittsburgh. The Pirates right ...

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