Today, MLB is celebrating Roberto Clemente Day to honor him in what will be, in December, the 50th anniversary of his passing.
Clemente is a beloved and respected figure among baseball fans, even newer generations who didn’t know him.
His impact was so big that stories were told from generation to generation about his on-field talent and off-the-field charity work and empathy towards the community.
Today, there will be quite a celebration at Citi Field, in New York, at 7 p.m. ET.
There, the New York Mets will host the Pittsburgh Pirates: past winners of the Roberto Clemente award and his sons will be at the stadium to celebrate and honor a great man.
Everybody in uniform will don Clemente’s number 21 as a tribute.
“Today we proudly wear No. 21 in honor of Roberto Clemente. One of the best players in the history of MLB and the greatest humanitarian our sport has ever seen. #Retire21,” Pirates manager Derek Shelton tweeted.
— Derek Shelton (@derekshelton) September 15, 2022
Clemente Is Still A Hero In Pittsburgh
Shelton is right in every word: Clemente was one of the greatest players of his time, and perhaps the one with the most sensitivity towards what happened in his surroundings.
He died while on a mission to give food and supplies to the victims of an earthquake.
It happened in 1972.
On the field, Clemente was magnificent: a true winner, he took home two World Series trophies with the Pirates, including a World Series MVP award in 1971.
He won 12 Gold Gloves, four batting crowns, and an NL MVP in 1966.
He retired with a .317 batting average, 3,000 hits, 240 home runs, and 1,305 RBI.
He was, and still is, the pride of the Latino community.
There will be no one like him.