On This Date 9/30/1972

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Roberto Clemente of the Pittsburgh Pirates collects his 3,000th career hit off Jon Matlack of the New York Mets with a fourth-inning double at Three Rivers Stadium. It was Clemente’s final regular season at-bat; the Pirates blanked the Mets 5-0. The reign champion Pirates would lose the NLCS in a five-game heartbreaker to the Cincinnati Reds. Three months later, Roberto Clemente would be killed in a plane crash, delivering earthquake relief supplies to Nicaragua.