Carlos Bernier and Roberto Clemente: Historical Links in Pittsburgh and Puerto Rico

By Thomas E. Van Hyning

This article was published in the 2018 The National Pastime.

Carlos Bernier was 26 years old when he broke the Pittsburgh Pirates' color line on April 22, 1953, nearly one year before Curt Roberts played his first game with the Pirates. The controversial and temperamental outfielder was a positive influence on Roberto Clemente, helping the "The Great One" adjust to life in professional baseball in the United States. Bernier recognized Clemente’s special baseball skills, having played against him in Puerto Rico winter ball. Carlos Bernier was 26 years old when . . .

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