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Roberto Clemente Walker: The Great One

A Champion Player

Roberto Clemente’s Batting Helmet

Roberto Clemente’s batting helmet
Roberto Clemente’s batting helmet. On loan from the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

In his rookie year, Clemente often expressed his frustration at striking out by throwing his helmet to the ground. It’s estimated that he cracked 22 batting helmets during his first year in the majors. He eased up on the helmets as he grew older.

On loan from the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution


Baseball Signed by the Pirates, 1960 World Champion Team

Baseball signed by the Pirates, 1960 World Champion team
Baseball signed by the Pirates, 1960 World Champion team. On loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, NY

Clemente helped lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to their first world championship win in 35 years. Their opponents, the New York Yankees, had been widely predicted to win that year. This baseball was autographed by the Pirates’ 1960 World Championship team.

On loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, NY


Ticket Stub from Game 7 of the 1960 World Series

Ticket stub from Game 7 of the 1960 World Series
Ticket stub from Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. On loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, NY

The 1960 World Series went seven games, with the Pirates winning the Series at home in Forbes Field. Clemente’s Series hitting average was .310 and he tied a World Series record by hitting safely in every game of a seven-game Series.

On loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, NY


Ticket Stub from Game 4 of the 1971 World Series

Ticket stub from Game 4 of the 1971 World Series
Ticket stub from Game 4 of the 1971 World Series. On loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, NY

In his rookie year, Clemente often expressed his frustration at striking out by throwing his helmet to the ground. It’s estimated that he cracked 22 batting helmets during his first year in the majors. He eased up on the helmets as he grew older.

On loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, NY