It’s a special day in MLB: the league is celebrating Roberto Clemente Day to honor the late Hall of Famer who became famous for his ability to play baseball, and used that fame to help people in need.
Clemente died 50 years ago, but you can tell he impacted many lives by the fact MLB is remembering him 50 years after his death.
Today, the New York Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates are going to play a game in his honor.
A Life Full Of Achievements, On And Off The Field
The Pirates were his team for his entire 18-year MLB tenure, and he had all kinds of achievements with them.
They won two World Series with Clemente, in 1960 and 1971: the Puerto Rican outfielder was the MVP of the latter with two home runs and an average over .400.
He retired in 1972 after achieving everything there is to achieve on a baseball field.
That same year, he wanted to help victims of the Nicaraguan earthquake in December, but died on a plane crash on the way there.
He needs to be honored, and the Mets are sparing no expenses.
“In addition to 14 past Roberto Clemente Award winners coming to Citi Field tonight, Roberto’s three sons — Enrique, Luis and Roberto Jr. — will be on hand for a ceremony honoring the late Hall of Famer and his legacy. All uniformed Mets and Pirates personnel will wear No. 21,” Mets insider Anthony DiComo announced via Twitter.
In addition to 14 past Roberto Clemente Award winners coming to Citi Field tonight, Roberto's three sons — Enrique, Luis and Roberto Jr. — will be on hand for a ceremony honoring the late Hall of Famer and his legacy.
All uniformed Mets and Pirates personnel will wear No. 21.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) September 15, 2022
He made himself a household name with the Pirates, but the Mets are making sure his family, and all winners of the Roberto Clemente award are at Citi Field to remember one of the greatest human beings ever to don an MLB uniform.