Objects related to the Pittsburgh Pirates featured in the Baseball: America’s Home Run exhibition.
The bat shown here was swung by Clemente in 1960, the year he won his first World Series championship with the Pirates. It is inscribed with a childhood nickname (“Momen”) found only on his earliest bats, and his player number 21 is written on the knob. Clemente gave the bat to his fellow Pirate, Bill Mazeroski, who kept it until 2013. The uniform and helmet are from 1966, the year Clemente achieved career highs in home runs and runs batted in, won the National League Most Valuable Player award, and captured his sixth of twelve Gold Glove awards.