Roberto Clemente was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1954 and rose to become the greatest baseball player of his time. During this period, the struggle for social justice had reached every part of our country, and every ballpark. He and many other athletes had to bear the burdens of racial and cultural prejudices, no matter what their abilities were on the field. He faced those burdens with dignity, pride and an empathy for those less fortunate.
As for his critics, he silenced them with his amazing bat and miraculous arm. In his 18-year career, he received every possible award given in Major League Baseball.
Off the field, he built a reputation as a humanitarian, with a passion to help children through sports. Today he is as well known for his passion for helping others as he is for his passion for baseball. Clemente died during a humanitarian mission delivering supplies to an earthquake ravaged Nicaragua.
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3339 Penn Avenue
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|CLEMENTE'S WEDDING TO VERA|
|DID YOU KNOW...
Roberto was a U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. He still holds the Basic Training at Parris Island record for most pull-ups by a recruit (54)!
|Game Used Spikes & Home Plate
From 1971 World Series
|Scoreboard reflects the moment before Bill Mazeroski hit the Game 7 game winning home run to win the 1960 World Series over the Yankees.|
|Year by year Clemente baseball
cards throughout his career.
|One of Clemente's 12 Gold Gloves|