Roberto Clemente

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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Miami Marlins are now scheduled to play a two game series in Puerto Rico on a day that is very dear to my heart, Roberto Clemente Day. I grew up hearing about the legend that was Clemente, my mother having grown up a baseball fan in Pittsburgh in the 1950-60’s. Needless to say he was her favorite player. I’ve got some funny stories about a little girl at the ballpark about that but those can be told another time. She remembers school shutting down for game seven of the 1960 World Series when Bill Mazeroski […]

Pirates, Marlins to play in Puerto Rico on Clemente’s Day

The Great Roberto Clemente: #Retire21 Today is Roberto Clemente Day in Major League Baseball. The nominees for the Roberto Clemente Award will be honored on this day and the winner announced in October as voted upon by the fans and members of the media. Originally instituted in 1971 and known as the Commissioner’s Award, the award was renamed in 1973, after Clemente’s tragic death on New Year’s Eve 1972. He would have been 81 this year, his birthday being just weeks ago on August 18. He passed at the age of 38. Clemente has his own day in Major League […]

Retire #21: Another Roberto Clemente Story (but better!)

Roberto Clemente is a Hall of Famer but he was an even better person off the field than on. Born in Puerto Rico in 1934, Clemente was one of the first Latin-American players in the league. Signed in 1954 by the Brooklyn Dodgers he was drafted in the under the Rule 5 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates later that year. Clemente spent his entire 18-year career with the Pittsburgh Pirates and led them to World Series victory in 1960 and again in 1971 where he was named the series MVP. He was one of the greatest of the greats. He […]

Tribute to Roberto Clemente on his 80th birthday