In 1951 the Venezuelan-born shortstop became the first Latin American player to appear in an All-Star Game. He was named an All-Star three more times while with the White Sox. "Chico helped put our country on the baseball map," says current Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.
A former defensive back at North Carolina, he coordinated five NFL defenses, including Pittsburgh's Steel Curtain from 1972 to '77, and was the Browns' head coach in '89 and '90. His 1979 Los Angeles Rams' D held the Seahawks to minus-7 yards, still a league record.
Acquired midway through the 1969 season from the Expos, the first baseman had 12 home runs and 37 RBIs for the Mets, helping them turn a nine-game deficit into an NL East title. In their five-game World Series upset of the Orioles, Clendenon hit three homers and was named MVP.