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Roberto Clemente Walker: The Great One

Pride of the Game

Clemente Day Button

Clemente Day button
Clemente Day button. On loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, NY

From his earliest days in the major leagues, Clemente was a focus of pride for Latin Americans, especially Puerto Ricans. This button came from a special event held before the Pirates-Mets game at Shea Stadium on September 24, 1971. Local politicians organized the event to honor Clemente as a hero to the Puerto Rican community.

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


Legends of Baseball stamp sheet.
Legends of Baseball stamp sheet

Roberto Clemente holding a bat.
This photograph was the inspiration for the design of the second stamp featuring Roberto Clemente. Courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, NY

On July 6, 2000, Roberto Clemente appeared for the second time on a U.S. stamp, along with other greats of the game. The Clemente stamp is on the far right in the second row.

This photograph was the inspiration for the design of the second stamp featuring Roberto Clemente.
Courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, NY


Roberto Clemente holding his young son, Enrique
Roberto Clemente holding his young son, Enrique. Courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, NY

Roberto Clemente holding his young son, Enrique. Clemente insisted that all of his sons, Roberto Jr., Luis Roberto and Roberto Enrique, be born in Puerto Rico, a sign of pride of his heritage.

Courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, NY


Roberto Clemente swinging a bat
Roberto Clemente swinging a bat. Courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, NY

Roberto Clemente’s 3,000th hit came on September 30, 1972. It would prove to be his final hit. The Pirates retired Clemente’s number, and, in 1994, the organization erected a 12-foot statue of its star, immortalized in bronze, having just completed his swing at Three Rivers Stadium.

Courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Cooperstown, NY


Commemorative Patch

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

Shortly after Clemente joined the Pirates, he chose #21 for his uniform. Twenty-one was the total number of letters in the name–Roberto Clemente Walker. His teammates remembered and honored him by wearing patches bearing his number.

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